After much speculation, Microsoft has officially announced Satya Nadella, the Indian born veteran as the third CEO of Microsoft. He previously held the position of Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise Group and will now replace the existing CEO, Steve Ballmer effective immediately.
After Ballmer announced his intention to retire last year, an expert group of head hunters were given the job of searching the best candidate for the position. Nadella was most likely one of those candidates shortlisted and after five long months of search, which even extended into 2014, Microsoft finally announced him as the successor to Ballmer.
Nadella originally hails from Hyderabad, India after which he moved to US to study his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He further studied MBA from the University of Chicago. Although he worked for Sun Microsystems for a short period, he joined Microsoft back in 1992. According to Nadella, he joined the company because he considered it as the best in the world.
“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” said Mr. Nadella.
Although he is relatively unknown outside the company, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has immense faith in him.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Mr. Gates.
“Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”
Further, Mr. Gates is going to step down as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and will assume a new role as the Founder and Technology Advisor on the Board. According to the company, this role will allow Gates to devote more time to the growth and development of the company especially under the leadership of Nadella.
In the past 22 years with Microsoft, Nadella has assumed different roles within the company. However his most prominent position was as the head of Cloud and Enterprise Services. Under his leadership, Microsoft’s cloud services revenue grew by 107 % as compared to a year ago. While he may not have any experience with direct end consumer business like Xbox or even
Skype for that matter, he has the technical expertise and the knowledge to build consumer friendly applications.
At this time of company restructuring and the closure of the Nokia – Microsoft deal, Nadella
will have a huge responsibility to steer the company in the right direction.
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