Is Satya Nadella about to be named as the new Microsoft CEO?

Head of Microsoft's cloud division emerges as most likely candidate to succeed Ballmer

Karen McCandless
Karen McCandless
By Karen McCandless on 31 January 2014
Is Satya Nadella about to be named as the new Microsoft CEO?

Satya Nadella has emerged as the most likely candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, according to reports.

Nadella is currently head of the company's cloud computing division and enterprise business. He was promoted to this role in July last year by Ballmer and has been at the Redmond-based organisation since 1992.

Microsoft has only ever had two CEOs - Ballmer and Bill Gates. Ballmer announced he was stepping down last August, which immediately prompted a storm of speculation about his replacement.

Nokia chief Stephen Elop, previously a Microsoft employee, emerged as an early favourite, as did Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who recently took his hat out of the ring. Other contenders have included sales head Kevin Turner and Skype president Tony Bates.

Bloomberg also reports that Microsoft is considering replacing company founder Bill Gates as chairman. Microsoft's lead independent director John Thompson, who is leading the search for a new chief executive, is being touted as a possible replacement.

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