Meet Microsoft’s New CEO, Satya Nadella
Microsoft’s search for Steve Ballmer’s replacement is over. The company’s board of directors has appointed Satya Nadella as chief executive officer, making him just the third CEO in Microsoft’s history.
Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992 and most recently led the Server and Tools Business division.
“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said in a statement. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”
Nadella’s appointment is effective immediately, meaning Steve Ballmer’s 14-year reign over MS is officially over.
“Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft,” said Ballmer, who announced on Aug. 23, 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya’s leadership.”
Of note, Microsoft announced that founder Bill Gates will take on a new role as “Technology Advisor” and “devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.”
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” Gates said. “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.”
Big news from one of the world’s most important companies. We’ll keep you posted on Nadella’s first steps as Microsoft’s CEO.