MSN executive Scott Moore leaves Microsoft for Yell Group

Scott Moore

Scott Moore, the executive producer who headed up Microsoft’s MSN portal in the U.S., is leaving the company to join Yell Group as chief digital officer.

Yell, an online directories company with roots in yellow pages advertising, announced the news of Moore’s appointment this morning, after AllThingsD last week broke the news that Moore was leaving.

Moore originally worked at Microsoft from 1995 to 2005 in management roles for msnbc.com, Expedia and Slate. He returned to the company in 2009 after heading up Yahoo’s media business. His second Microsoft stint included a 2009 overhaul of the MSN portal.

We’ve asked Microsoft for comment on Moore’s departure and plans for replacing him.

Update, 9 a.m.: Microsoft’s statement: “We can confirm Scott Moore is leaving Microsoft. We wish him well. As the global leader in digital media, Microsoft is dedicated to continuing the success of MSN and delivering valuable content to our more than 450 million monthly users. Rob Bennett, general manager for MSN, has been named interim head of US media for MSN.”