UPDATED: Feb. 4, 2014
Satya Nadella, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, was named the next CEO of Microsoft on Tuesday. Bill Gates welcomed Nadella to the company in a video, which you can watch below.
In a blog post on the company's website in December, Microsoft’s lead independent director John Thompson emphasized the need for a CEO with "an ability to lead a highly technical organization and work with top technical talent”.
Will Satya Nadella be able to do that?
According to some tech experts, he might.
"He's a solid choice,” offering continuity of strategy and proven execution, Sid Parakh, an analyst at fund firm McAdams Wright Ragen told Reuters last week.
“Satya is a ‘very’ strong pick for CEO. Understands how to build platforms, gets the cloud, and has a solid vision for the future,” tweeted Aaron Levie, CEO of Box Inc.
“We believe Mr. Nadella's prior roles in the Online Services Division, Business Division, and most recently as president of the Server and Tools business position him as a strong internal candidate with a broad set of knowledge around Microsoft's massive product portfolio,” FBR analyst Daniel Ives reportedly said in a research note.
Here are a few facts about Satya Nadella, the next CEO of the world's largest software maker.
1. He was born in Hyderabad, India. Nadella attended Hyderabad Public School and got a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from the Manipal University.
2. Nadella moved to the United States later where he earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a Master of Business Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
3. Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992.
4. He would be the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year-old history after Gates and Ballmer.
5. Once appointed, Nadella would become the world’s most powerful and one of the few chief executives of large U.S. corporations who are of Indian origin – like PepsiCo Inc's chief Indra Nooyi and Shantanu Narayen, the head of Adobe Systems.
6. He had a big role in developing several Microsoft services such as “Bing” – the search engine, “Azure” alternative to Amazon's cloud, and “Office 365” – one of the company’s fastest growing products.
7. As president of Microsoft’s server business, Nadella – according to Bloomberg reports – boosted revenue to $20.3 billion in the fiscal year through June, up from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.
8. He idolizes Bill Gates. In an interview to Deccan Chronicle, he said:
“Bill is an amazing person. What he achieved at Microsoft is a story that is well known and celebrated. I was lucky enough to have been part of that ride since 1992. I will never forget the first email I got from him with some pointed feedback on a set of features in a product that I was building. It was exciting that the CEO was directly sending me mail on a feature that I never thought he would notice and then spending all of my weekend crafting my response to his email.”
9. Unlike Ballmer, Nadella enjoys the reputation of being a smart and diplomatic person. He is also known as someone that's good at getting warring factions to work together.
10. Nadella does have Twitter account, but it took an investigation from the news website TechCrunch to find it.