Satya Nadella has been appointed as the new CEO of Microsoft, while Bill Gates becomes Technology Advisor, stepping down from the role of the chairman of the board.
Satya Nadella has become the third CEO in the history of Microsoft, replacing Steve Ballmer at the helm.
With an official press release, Microsoft announced that Satya Nadella had been appointed as the new role of CEO with immediate effect and would join the board. Previously, Nadella had held the position of the executive vice chairman of Cloud and Enterprise group.
In addition, all the other rumors have come true, John Thompson will be the chairman of the board of directors, and Bill Gates will become Technology Advisor and then spend more time on campus in Redmond.
Satya Nadella was born in 1967 in Hyderabad (India), and began working for Microsoft in 1992. In the past 22 years, he held various positions, primarily in development of products and services. He helped to build the infrastructure of cloud-based services including Bing, Xbox Live and Office 365.
Who is Satya Nadella?
According to bios, Born 1967 in Hyderabad (India), Satya Nadella pursues a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters in Business Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Earlier, he worked at Sun Microsystems, and after joining Microsoft, he has held various roles in the business divisions in the past 22 years. And now he has become the third CEO of the Company.
Satya Nadella: His first interview as CEO of Microsoft
The first words to the new CEO coming from Bill Gates: “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella. 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.”
Meanwhile his predecessor, Steve Ballmer has also appraised him: “Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way.”
Below is the excerpt of the email sent from new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Microsoft employees:
“It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products […] Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft […] Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
The last sentence is obvious the industry, in which the Redmond giant will focus more of its resources. Satya Nadella will try to reach the goal with the help of Bill Gates, who will assume the role of Technology Advisor with returning strength within the group.