Satya Nadella became the CEO of Microsoft on 4th Feb 2014. He is the third CEO following Bill Gates (Co Founder) and Steve Ballmer. Under Nadella, Microsoft revised its mission to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” from its earlier mission “a PC on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software” In 2019, Satya Nadella was named Financial Times Person of the Year which mentioned about him, “Microsoft was at risk of technological irrelevance but the chief executive has presided over an era of stunning wealth creation.”
Here is the journey of Satya Nadella:
Born in Hyderabad into a Telugu Hindu family. His father was an IAS officer of 1962 batch and mother was a Sanskrit lecturer. Satya went to Hyderabad Public School at Begumpet, Hyderabad and later received bachelor’s degree in 1988 in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka. Nadella travelled to the US to study MS in computer science at the university of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1996.
Satya Nadella worked with Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992. During earlier days at Microsoft he worked on projects including cloud computing, developing one of the largest cloud infrastructure in the world. He has to his credit to help bringing Microsoft’s database, Windows server and developer tools to its Azure cloud.
C.E.O. of Microsoft (From Feb 2014):
The largest change Satya Nadella brought to the company after becoming CEO is “Openness”. Opposite to Microsoft’s earlier campaign against Linux, Nadella Proclaimed “Microsoft Loves Linux”. In 2016, Microsoft joined Linux as a platinum member. He also emphasized working with competitors like Apple, Salesforce, IBM and Dropbox.
Microsoft has seen a series of high-profile acquisitions under Satya Nadella’s leadership. One of his initial tasks as CEO was to oversee the completion of NOKIA Corp. acquisition, which was announced in 2013 (despite his own reservation when it was announced) Satya Nadella announced the largest layoff in Mocrosoft History by eliminating around 18,000 jobs after completing the deal with Nokia. (Majority of these positions were involved Nokia)
His few more acquisition were Mojang, A Swedish game company during late 2014. This was followed by Xamarin. Year 2016 saw another high profile purchase: LinkedIn and during 2018 Microsoft announced to acquire GitHub.
As a CEO, Satya Nadella has been seen as the man behind Microsoft’s resurgence. Microsoft was constantly battling to maintain its supremacy and was being already looked upon as losing to competitions. Trust of developers and customers was also in question. Satya Nadella’s leadership fueled by adapting to openness and acquisitions, resulted in Microsoft stock price multiplying by 3 times in first four years of Nadella becoming Microsoft CEO.
Hit Refresh: Satya Nadella released the book “Hit Refresh” in 2017. The book explores his life and career in Microsoft and his thoughts on how technology will share our future. He also announced that the profit from this book will go to Microsoft Philanthropies and further to non-profit organizations.
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