When Steve Ballmer announced his pending retirement back in August of last year, the hunt began for a new leader to continue the progress that Microsoft has made. Today, the Board of Directors have made their decision: the new CEO of Microsoft will be Satya Nadella.
Satya Nadella will become just the third CEO of the software & technology company, behind Ballmer & Bill Gates. Nadella, 46, was born in Hyderabad, India, received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Mangalore University.
He went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, then a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy & technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services. Most notable of his work is with the company’s move to the cloud & the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. This cloud space currently is hard at work supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other Microsoft services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market & took share from competitors, such as IBM and Rackspace.
Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.
(Source: Microsoft Press Release)