Former Microsoft Exec Ray Ozzie Joins HP's Board

Microsoft's former chief software architect Ray Ozzie is currently busy with his start up Talko Inc. Now, it looks like he's got something else to keep him busy.

Business Week reports that Ozzie has joined Hewlett Packard as a board member. The company is expanding its board to 12 and Ozzie is one of three new members, the other two being Jim Skinner, former CEO of McDonalds and current chairman of Walgreens, and Dob Bennett, former CEO of Liberty Media. 

"As we move forward with our turnaround, it's a huge benefit to be able to get advice from a board made up of such experienced business and technology leaders," said Meg Whitman, president and CEO, HP. "For their part, Dob, Ray and Jim have just about seen it all during their careers. I'm very grateful for their support, as well as the ongoing support from all of the directors."

Ozzie left Microsoft in 2010. Prior to his time in Redmond, Ozzie was known for creating Lotus Notes. In 2005, Microsoft acquired a company Ozzie had started (Groove Networks) and he joined Redmond as a Chief Technical Officer. Ozzie then took over the role of Chief Software Architect from Bill Gates in June of 2006.