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Microsoft Names Satya Nadella New CEO
After hearing rumblings that the company was ready to decide on a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer, Microsoft announced today his successor. Taking over as chief executive officer is Satya Nadella. He has been at Microsoft for over twenty years, and most recently held the position of executive VP of the Cloud and Enterprise group.
Nadella played a key role in moving Microsoft into the cloud, and helped his division outperform the market during his tenure. In an email to the company, Nadella talked a bit about his plans:
“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,” Nadella said. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”
Company founder Bill Gates is also making his own move, as he will step down as Chairman of the Board. He will instead remain on the board of advisers as founder and technology adviser. However, he made it clear his thoughts on Nadella, saying that ‘there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella.” As CEO, Nadella will also take his place on the ten-member board.
““Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation,” Nadella wrote. This is a bold statement, and one that shows he is clearly focused on moving forward. What that entails remains to be seen, but we wish Mr. Nadella the best of luck in his new role.