The company announced today that Satya Nadella, a 22-year Microsoft veteran and former EVP of its Cloud and Enterprise group, will be stepping into the shoes vacated by Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer, who announced his retirement last August, will remain with the company on its board of directors.
“Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights,” wrote Ballmer in an email to all Microsoft employees. “He has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way.”
Nadella, who joined the company in 1992, has been responsible for a number of major strategy shifts across Microsoft’s product portfolio, such as the company’s move to the cloud and the development of the cloud infrastructure that supports, among other services, Bing, Xbox, and Office.
As head of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, he gave the business the boost it needed to outperform in the market.
“While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft,” wrote Nadella in his own email to employees. “Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
At the same time, Microsoft announced that Bill Gates will assume a new role at the company: that of Founder and Technology Advisor. In this capacity, Gates will support Nadella in product development and help shape the company’s vision for the future.
“Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance. And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation,” concluded Nadella in his letter. “Let’s build on this foundation together.”
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