Microsoft's ambitious acquisition of LinkedIn is about revenue growth, not cost savings, chief financial officer Amy Hood said on Monday.
"I'm focused on growing the top-line revenue and accelerating that business and its potential with ours," Hood said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. "To add more customers. To increase their impact. To have it grow faster. To accelerate our business. To have the technical integration to deliver customer value.... I'm deeply, deeply focused on driving revenue growth."
While "smart things will happen" in the integration of the professional social network, Hood said she's not worrying LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner about whether the two companies can share an accounting team. Like the story "Fight Club," (where the first rule is "you do not talk about fight club,"), Hood said her first rule of the LinkedIn integration is "just don't mess with it."
"You want to keep the core growing and they're doing a great job of that, things are good," Hood said. "They are motivated, Jeff's a great leader."
Still, Hood said, the two companies do plan to leverage each other's sales forces in the integration, as Microsoft integrates LinkedIn into tools like Office 365.