By Anshul Tewari:
After much expectations, Microsoft today named Satya Nadella as its new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer.Â Nadella has spent 22 years at Microsoft, and was previously Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise. Nadella also takes a position on Microsoft’s Board of Directors.
Nadella is credited as a key leader in moving the company towards cloud services, around products including Bing, Xbox and Microsoft Office. His time at MS oversaw a period of huge growth for Microsoft Business Services, too, growing that segment of the business from a $1.5 billion slice of pie to a $5 billion segment in just five years’ time.
Here’s a brief look at Nadella’s career graph:[blockquote source=”Various sources”]Nadella was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to an IAS officer, who was a member of the Planning Commission from 2004 to 2009. Satya attended the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet before attaining a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka. Later, Nadella moved o the US to pursue his studies further ahead.[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Various sources”]After moving to the US, Nadella earned an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Various sources”]After his MBA, Nadella worked forÂ Sun Microsystems, as a member of its technology staff, prior to joining Microsoft in 1992.[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Various sources”]Nadella’s major career jump came when he joined Microsoft. Nadella worked as the senior vice president of R&D for the Online Services Division and vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Later, he was made the president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led a transformation of the company’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services. He has been credited for bringing Microsoft’s database, Windows server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Various sources”]On 30 January 2014, news reports started surfacing that he was the frontrunner to succeed Steve Ballmer as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft. On 4 February 2014, Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft.[/blockquote]
Nadella is among the many Indians setting benchmarks in the global tech ecosystem by acquiring positions of influence in some of the world’s top technology enterprises. He joins the likes of Nikesh Arora, the VP of Chief Business Officer at Google, and Sundar Piachi, senior Vice President at Google (also from Hyderabad).
UPDATE: Below is Nadella’s first interview as the CEO of Microsoft: (Thanks to Nanditha Sankar)