“I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning,” wrote the new CEO for Microsoft Satya Nadella in an email to employees. Replacing current CEO Steve Ballmer, Nadella is a veteran of Microsoft who helped with a major shift of putting Microsoft systems onto a cloud-based platform. Here are five things you should know about the new leader of the biggest tech company in the world:
1. Nadella is Microsoft’s Third CEO
After Bill Gates stepped down from his position as CEO in January of 2000, and Steve Ballmer was announced as Microsoft’s new CEO seeing Gates’ transition out. Ballmer announed in August of last year that he would retire within 12 months, leaving the board of directors, including Gates who still sat as a boardmember, to decide the next CEO.
2. First Microsoft CEO Born Out of the U.S.
Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India in 1967. He attended the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet, a school exclusive to the children of Indian aristocrats, and received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka, a Southern region of India. He then later got his Masters in Computer Science at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Masters degree in Business from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
3. Has Worked at Microsoft for 22 Years
Starting in 1992, Nadella worked in Microsoft’s R&D Department.
4. Known at Microsoft for Cloud Technology
Nadella made a massive improvement at Microsoft with Bing, XBox and Office software being transferred to a cloud-based program. The move was “one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world,” said Microsoft in a statement.
“Satya is a proven leader,” wrote Ballmer in a letter to employees. “He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. 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.”
5. Has Asked Bill Gates to Come Back
Coming out of a 6-year retirement, Bill Gates has agreed to come back to Microsoft as their Tech Advisor, overseeing projects and software innovations in the next few years. Gates has been apart of the Microsoft board since he stepepd down as CEO in 2000, but completely removed himself as a full-time employee in 2008. Today, he is stepping down as a board member to support Nadella in his new post.