Microsoft announced Thursday that its top executive in its business administration has been removed from the job, just days after a report that she had been paid $2.8 million to do consulting work for Microsoft.
The company said Lisa Su had been offered the job to replace the departing chief of the firm’s public and business operations, Chris Cox, who was appointed by President Satya Nadella last month.
The news comes as the tech giant prepares to launch its annual fiscal quarter, which starts Oct. 3.
The move to remove Su comes just two weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Su had worked as an outside consultant for Microsoft on a contract for a company called The Social Network, a project in which she was paid $600,000.
The WSJ report came amid growing concerns about Su’s work for the firm.
Su resigned from Microsoft last month after the WSJ published an account of her role at the firm, which is based in Redmond, Washington.
She said she had not been paid.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Wall Street Post reported earlier this month that Su worked as a consultant for The Social Networks, but it is unclear how much she received.
Su did not return a call seeking comment on the WSZ report.
She previously worked as the public affairs director for The Huffington Post and worked as vice president of global marketing for a software company called Duct Tape.
The Washington Post said Su worked for The Daily Dot, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Los Angeles.
The Daily Dowdle is the name of the Daily Dot’s parent company, which has ties to the tech industry.
The Journal reported earlier in the week that Su has worked at The Daily Dose, a news aggregator.
Microsoft, a software and services company that is also a technology company, said in a statement that it was “shocked and saddened” to learn of the departures of Su and Cox.
“Lisa has been an integral part of our company and our team, and we are committed to her success moving forward,” Microsoft CEO Satya K. Nadell said in the statement.
The company also said it was reviewing its internal processes for hiring new people. “
She is deeply committed to helping us transform our organization and to helping Microsoft become a leader in digital and disruptive industries.”
The company also said it was reviewing its internal processes for hiring new people.
“We are working with Lisa and her colleagues to address the issues raised by this report,” it said.
Su’s departure comes as Microsoft is preparing to launch a new advertising and promotions platform, known as Windows.
The platform will have a focus on Microsoft’s cloud computing business, and it is also set to compete with other advertising companies.