Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Satya Nadella | Microsoft CEO
|This image is provided by Microsoft on February 4, 2014 shows the new CEO Satya Nadella (Microsoft/AFP)|
WASHINGTON: Microsoft on Tuesday named Hyderabad born Satya Nadella its CEO and assigned co-founder Bill Gates a larger role in the company as technology advisor to the new boss.
Satya Nadella |The NEXT Microsoft CEO
Nadella, 46, will succeed Steve Ballmer — who had announced last August his intention to retire — to become only the third CEO of the Redmond-based company in its 39-year history.
"The one think I would say that defines me is that I love to learn," Nadella said in a video interview posted by Microsoft.
"I buy more books than I read, or finish; I sign up for more online courses than I actually finish."
In a sign of what may be to come for Microsoft stalwarts, Nadella spoke emphatically of his passion for learning and admiration for those who find creative new approaches or ideas.
Nadella says that for Microsoft to succeed, it needs to adapt to new trends.
"While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more," he said in an email to employees.
"Our industry does not respect tradition -- it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places -- as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it."
Nadella's first tech industry job was with California-based Sun Microsystems. He was hired by Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft in 1992 while he was working on his business degree.
?I used to fly to Chicago Friday nights, attend classes Saturdays and come back to Redmond to work during the week," Nadella said.
It was also about that time that he married a woman he had known since high school. They have been married 22 years and have three children.
When he joined Microsoft, Nadella was one of two Indian employees at a company that had about 160 workers at the time, Indian-American technology entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa wrote in a piece published in the Economic Times.
Wadhwa credited Nadella with helping turn Microsoft's PowerPoint division into a billion-dollar business.
Nadella's Microsoft bio shows stints in research, business, server and online services units.
“Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and ability to bring people together,” Gates said.
Among Nadella’s first decisions as CEO, and one that he had insisted upon during contract negotiations, was to ask Gates to play a larger role in the company.
“I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products,” Nadella said in an email to Microsoft employees. Gates will remain a member of the board but will step down as its chairman, and he will assume a new role as founder and technology advisor.