Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new chief; Bill Gates to become adviser
Satya proven leader with hard-core engineering acumen, business vision and interpersonal skills
Longtime engineering executive Satya Nadella will become Microsoft's next leader. He will replace Steven A. Ballmer. Founder and iconic leader Bill Gates, has since stepped down from his role as chairman and will become a technology adviser to Nadella.
"I buy more books than I can finish," Satya Nadella writes. "I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things."
"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,"
Gates said. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together."
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Nadella said in a statement that "Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company."
Microsoft's directors, in their choice of Nadella selected both a company insider and an engineer. The directors apparently viewed his technical skill and intimacy with Microsoft's sprawling businesses as critical for its next leader.
It has been noted that Microsoft was more successful under the leadership of Gates, a programmer and its first chief executive, than it was under Ballmer, who had a background in sales. The 57-year-old Ballmer said last August that he was stepping down.
From Hyderabad, India, Nadella is only the third chief executive of Microsoft, an icon of American business that has struggled for position in big growth markets like mobile and Internet search. Microsoft correctly anticipated many of the biggest changes in technology, such as the rise of Smartphones and tablet computers. Microsoft has also "dropped the ball" in the execution of products developed to capitalize on those changes.
Nadella's technical background, along with the closer involvement of Mr. Gates in product decisions, some have said will give the company an edge it lacked during the Ballmer years. Microsoft said in a statement that Gates will "devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction."
Gates will now be spending over a third of his time with product groups at Microsoft, "substantially increasing my time at the company," Gates said in a video. Gates said that Nadella had asked him to make the change in his duties at Microsoft.
Nadella is a stark contrast to Ballmer in several ways. Most recently the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise businesses, Nadella peppers his conversations and speeches with technical buzzwords that people outside the industry would most likely find impenetrable.
Nadella, married for 22 years and with three children, counts cricket and poetry among his hobbies. In an email to Microsoft employees on Tuesday morning, he wrote that he is "defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning.
"I buy more books than I can finish," he wrote. "I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things."
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