At last it’s been made official: As the search for a new Microsoft’s CEO is over. The software giant has appointed 46-year-old Satya Nadella as its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. Nadella will take over instantly, for Ballmer to retire early. There have been several candidates fronted for the job, and he was part of the candidates. Unlike what Microsoft originally intended to have a new CEO by beginning of the year, the search extended much way into 2014 ahead of the closure of Microsoft’s Nokia deal plus other Microsoft order of businesses.
According to his Internal memo to the Microsoft team he said
“Today is a very humbling day for me,It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours.” While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more,This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
Nadella is a Microsoft veteran, having joined the company over 20 years ago. He is of Indian decent born in 1969, Nadella studied Electrical Engineering at the Mangalore University before moving to the US to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he is expected to bring a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He has been instrumental in transforming Microsoft’s cloud business while previously leading its Server and Tools business.