REDMOND, WA: Microsoft has named Simon Sproule as VP of corporate communications. Sproule joins the company from Nissan Motor Co., where he worked as corporate VP of global communications for the last five years. As head of Microsoft’s corporate communications, Sproule will be responsible for defining and managing Microsoft’s communications strategies worldwide, including planning and execution, public affairs, media relations, executive communications, employee communications, and global agency management. Sproule will be begin work at Microsoft on March 2 and report directly to Mich Mathews, SVP of Microsoft’s central marketing group. Sproule replaces Larry Cohen, former corporate VP at Microsoft. Cohen departed the company in September to work as chief of staff for Bill Gates.