Microsoft appoints India-born Satya Nadella as CEO

Satya Nadella

Hyderabad, India


Bellevue, WA


Cricket, poetry

As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “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.”

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Ending months of speculation, U.S software giant Microsoft, on Tuesday, announced that it had appointed Satya Nadella as the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, in a statement.

"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.”

The company also announced that Bill Gates, who was previously Chairman of the board of directors, would step down as Chairman and assume a new role on the board as technology advisor.

John Thompson would assume the role of Chairman, according to a statement.

5 Things You Should Know About Microsoft's New CEO

He has worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years.

He has never run a company.

His vision for the future of tech: better UI, better backends

People at Microsoft like him.

He is the first Microsoft CEO born outside the country.