Bringing to an end months of speculation, U.S software giant Microsoft, on Monday, appointed Hyderabad native Satya Nadella as its new CEO.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder and Chairman of the Board
After what was described as a “bruising” five-month selection period the Microsoft Board signalled its intention to focus on innovation by selecting the man credited with developing the company’s cloud computing and Bing search engine businesses.
In his email to Microsoft employees on his first day as CEO Mr. Nadella said, “Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago… I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place.”
Mr. Nadella who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manipal University, a master’s in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, joined Microsoft in 1992.