Microsoft, one of the world’s largest software companies, has elected Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella as its chairman. Nadella, 53, will replace John W. Thomson, who will continue his role as Chief Independent Director. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the board of independent directors unanimously elected Nadella to the role of chairman of the board. In this role, Nadella will lead agenda-setting work for the board, the company said in a statement.
Microsoft’s third chairman
Nadella is the company’s third CEO and will be the third chairman in the company’s history. Earlier, Bill Gates and Thomson had been the chairman of the company. Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft in 2014. Satya was named the Financial Times Person of the Year in the year 2019. At the same time, in the year 2020, he has also been given the honor of Global Indian Business Icon. When Nadella was made CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates rejoined Microsoft to train him. Nadella focused on cloud computing, mobile applications, and artificial intelligence. Also extended the office software franchise.
The journey from Engineer to Chairman
Nadella has been associated with Microsoft for a long time and he joined the company in 1992 as a young engineer. After that, he made a lot of progress, and today he has reached the post of chairman. Joining the company in 1992, he was made Vice President of Microsoft Central in 2000, then Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions, then Senior Vice President of Microsoft Online Services. His streak of success continued and Satya Nadella became the President of the Server & Tools Division and he brought huge profits to the company.
school education in Hyderabad
Satya Nadella was born in the year 1967 in a Telugu family in the Anantapur district of Hyderabad, India. His father was an administrative officer and his mother was a spokesperson for the Sanskrit subject. He studied electrical engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology in the year 1988 after doing his early education at Hyderabad Public School. After this, he went to America to do his Masters’s in Computer Science. He completed his Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin in the USA and MBA from the University of Chicago. Satya was married in 1992 to Anupama, the daughter of his father’s friend. The couple later became parents to three children, including two daughters and a son.