Microsoft appoints Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO

Former EVP of the company's Cloud and Enterprise Group becomes the latest of only three CEOs in Microsoft history; John Thompson becomes Chairman

Amber Stokes
Amber Stokes
By Amber Stokes on 04 February 2014
Microsoft appoints Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO

Microsoft has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the board of directors effective immediately.

Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as the company’s third CEO and previously held the position of executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder and member of the board of directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

Nadella joined Microsoft 22 years ago and has been paramount in the company’s move to the cloud through the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. While overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

Nadella wrote in an e-mail to Microsoft employees: “It is an incredible honour for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world.”

Microsoft has also announced that Gates, previously chairman of the board of directors, will assume a new role on the board as founder and technology advisor, allowing him to devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.

John Thompson, lead independent director for the board of directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.

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