After months of speculations, Microsoft has officially named Satya Nadella as their CEO. Also, Bill Gates will no longer serve as the chairman of the board of the software giant. Bill Gates’s role in Microsoft now remains as “Founder & Technology Advisor”. Prior to accepting this main role, 46-year-old Satya Nadella served as the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business. It is Microsoft’s most profitable division with a revenue of around $19 billion after Nadella successfully transformed all their tools from client based applications to cloud powered platforms. He has immense expertise in computing and engineering but he has never worked in consumer facing products.
Many speculated that Microsoft’s board would choose current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as their CEO. After company’s complete takeover of Nokia, Elop join Microsoft and work on consumer focussed divisions such as Surface, Windows Phones, and Xbox.
In an internal message to his employees, Nadella states, “Today is a very humbling day for me. It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. He also says that “This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India in 1969. He attended Hyderabad Public School after which he graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology. He later studied computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he worked with Sun Microsystems. Before heading the server and tools division, he worked in Office and Bing divisions.