– *Microsoft*: Nissan Motor executive Simon Sproule is joining as corporate VP of corporate communications. Reporting to SVP of central marketing Mich Matthews, Sproule will execute public affairs and media relations. While at Nissan, he served as corporate VP of global communications and earlier led communications for Aston Martin and Jaguar at Ford Motor Co. (Via release.) In another another hire made public this week, former Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) exec Larry Heck follows the breadcrumbs north as a VP to help bolster its search efforts, reports AllThingsD. He’s the third Yahoo to defect to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) this year; Scott Moore is the new executive producer of MSN U.S., and Eric Hadley joined MSN.
— Macrovision: Sean Besser has left consulting for Macrovision (NSDQ: MVSN) as VP of business development. In this role he will focus on online content strategy, namely bringing downloadable content to TV sets. Besser left his post as director of business development at Movielink shortly after the Blockbuster acquisition in 2007.
— Interpret: The media and tech research firm has hired Michael Gartenberg as its VP of strategy and analysis, a new role. Gartenberg, who has a blog on mobile devices, will be responsible for cross-media analysis of the various sectors in entertainment and online media. Previously, he was VP and research director at Jupiter Research.
— Verizon: Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) has announced that John F. Killian will be chief financial officer and executive vice president from March 1. He’s currently president of Verizon Business, and before that was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon’s Domestic Telecom group. Killian will replace Doreen A. Toben, who is retiring. Release.