After a long time of searching, Microsoft has today announced Satya Nadella as its new CEO, effective immediately. The company’s current or now ex-CEO Steve Ballmer would be retiring and making way for Nadella, who is expected by many to lead Microsoft into a new age.
Born in India, Nadella has been a part of Microsoft for 22 years and has, for the most part, served as the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. Including Bill Games and Steve Ballmer, Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft’s entire history.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Gates, founder of Microsoft, in a press release today. “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.”
Nadella received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University India before moving to the U.S., where he earned a master’s in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and then an MBA from the University of Chicago. He joined Microsoft in 1992, and has worked with a number of different branches of the company, including Office, Bing and Server and Tools.
“It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours,” said Nadella in an email to Microsoft employees today. “While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. 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.”
Microsoft’s entertainment division platforms such as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One are relatively going to be new for him but knowing Nadella was shortlisted out of a long list of candidates, he might just prove valuable for the said division.