December 17, 2019 / 9:35 PM / 8 months ago

Chief spokeswoman for Canada's Trudeau to join Microsoft

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd R) walks to a news conference with his Director of Communications Kate Purchase in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Kate Purchase, the chief spokeswoman for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said on Tuesday she was leaving her job to work for Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

Purchase is the latest in a string of senior officials to leave Trudeau’s office following an October election where the ruling Liberals lost their parliamentary majority.

In an email, she said she would be working as a senior director in Nadella’s office to boost Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft “through communications and other vehicles.” She did not give further details.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Cooney

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