TIME magazine has announced its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the calendar year 2015, which includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nadella’s segment was written by CEO of the business-themed cloud storage company Box Aaron Levie, while Cook’s piece was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia.
Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft in February 2014, is the highest paid CEO in the U.S with an annual earnings of $84.3 million. U.S President Barack Obama plans to honor Nadella with ‘Champions of Change’ Award for bringing about a change to support working families within Microsoft.
“Microsoft recently announced that over the next year, it will make changes to ensure that a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the U.S. provide at least 15 days of paid leave each year to their employees who handle Microsoft work,” the White House said as it announced the names of recipients of the Champions of Change Award.
Entitled for this award are those who support working class families and have brought about a change within the company by advocating paid sick and paid leave policies and equal remuneration.
“In his short but impactful tenure, he has focused on driving openness where Microsoft was once closed, even when it has meant supporting competing services in the process. Changes that once would have been considered blasphemous—releasing open-source software, building on iOS and Android and even making Windows free in some cases—are turning Microsoft around. Satya is basically the star of one of those teen movies where the parents go out of town, and the kid takes control of the place. And it’s been great”, says Aaron Levie.
Other notable names included in the list were YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky along with Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun among other tech leaders.