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NEW YORK: Indian American Satya Nadella, 46, was on Tuesday appointed CEO of Microsoft.
Nadella joins the elite club of fellow Indians who head global giants – Indra Nooyi who is the CEO of PepsiCo, Ajay Banga who is the CEO of MasterCard and Anshu Jain who is the co-CEO of Deutsche Bank. Of course, Toronto’s Bharat Masrani will be joining this elite club later this year when he takes over as the CEO of Canada’s TD Bank Group in November.
The 46-year-old soft-spoken Nadella, who takes over from Steve Ballmer, said after his appointment, “Today is a very humbling day for me. It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours.”
Nadella, who has been at Microsoft for 22 years, said after his appointment, “Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company.
Outlining his vision for Microsoft, he said, “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 said, “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who stepped down as chairman of the company, will now be called founder and technology advisor.
Welcoming the new CEO, Gates said there was no better person than Satya to lead Microsoft “during this time of transformation.”
He said, “Satya is a proven leader with hardcore 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.”
Gates added, “I’m thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing my time at the company.”
By putting him at the helm, Microsoft wants to leverage Nadella’s strength on the enterprise side of the business which accounts for much of its profitsas he has no experience in the consumer side.
Born in 1967 in Hyderabad, Satya is an electronics and communication engineering graduate from Manipal University in Mangalore.
Son of an Indian Administration Service, he came to the US for his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Before joining Microsoft, he worked at Sun Microsystems.
At Microsoft, he has been instrumental in building the Bing search engine, Microsoft cloud business, and Server and Tool business.
Nadella joins the elite club of fellow Indians who head global giants – Indra Nooyi who is the CEO of PepsiCo, Ajay Banga who is the CEO of MasterCard and Anshu Jain who is the co-CEO of Deutsche Bank.
It was time for celebrations at Nadella’s alma mater Manipal University in Mangalore when the news of his appointment broke.
Manipur University chancellor Ramdas N Pai was quoted as saying by the Times of India, “(I am) very very proud that one of our students has got the top job in the corporate world. Yes, it is a great day for Manipal University. Every single student, past and present will cherish this glorious moment. Satya’s great achievement has done Manipal Institute of Technology and Manipal University proud. We hope to see him during the convocation in Manipal soon.’’
He said, “This is the biggest event for Manipal University. Over the last three months, when his name was shortlisted for the job, we have been hoping and praying that Satya get the job. Today is a red letter day in the history of Manipal University.’’