Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella, born in 1968, is the CEO of Microsoft who took over for Steve Ballmer in February of 2014 at the age of 46. Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manipal University.

He later went on to earn his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Nadella briefly worked with Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992. He was the Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. He helped increase the group’s revenue by 22 percent and its profits by 33 percent. He also led research and development for the Online Services Division, which guided development for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructures such as Bing, Xbox and Office.

Ashlee Vance of BusinessWeek said, “Crucially, he’s more or less Microsoft’s cloud master and has a firm handle on what it takes to run Bing, Office365, Skype and Xbox Live. Nadella is also a well liked and respected throughout the industry. And he’s enough of a different character from Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates to inject some new life into the company.”

The many roles that Nadella had in Microsoft have greatly allowed him to continually grow and prove his strength.

“Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance,” Nadella said.

Nadella is part of a large number of Indians who joined Microsoft in the 1990’s, leading former CEO Bill Gates to take interest in India as a research hub and market. The company’s Hyderabad campus is now its largest base outside of the United States and it has nearly 5,000 employees in India out of its 100,000 workforce.

Nadella sees Microsoft as the “do-more” company. He said Microsoft is the best place to move forward in a software powered world to take all of the human potential that the company has to introduce new technologies and innovations.

“We have tremendous opportunity and that’s inspiring and I’m also grounded in our challenges. That is the adventure and the constraint which also in fact creates the competitive zeal in me to be able to do great work.”

“I want to focus on removing the obstacles that allow us to innovate, and then focus that innovation on things that Microsoft can uniquely do. We are the company that enables people to do more. To play, to have more fun, and i want us to be able to take that innovation forward. I want every one of us to find more meaning at work. We spend far too much time at work for it not have deep meaning.”

Nadella sees Microsoft going from the productivity company to the “do-more” company. He believes that they have the best platform to change the world.

He enjoys reading poetry and follows cricket, a sport he played in school as a child. He now lives in Bellevue, Washington. Nadella is married and has three children.


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