updated 05:36 pm EST, Thu January 30, 2014
Executive leads cloud computing, Microsoft business
According to personnel familiar with the matter, the Microsoft board of directors is nearly done with its CEO hunt following the imminent departure of Steve Ballmer, and is readying to name its cloud computing head executive Satya Nadella the new CEO of the company. Furthermore, the board is also discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, substituting independent director John Thompson.
Nadella worked with Sun Microsystems as a member of the technology staff before he joined Microsoft in 1992. At Microsoft, he worked as the senior vice president of R&D for the Online Services Division, and vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Later, he was made the president of Microsoft's $19 billion Server and Tools business, and led the transformation of the business and technology from client-server software to cloud infrastructure and services.
Nadella holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from India's Manipal University.
The process may also oust Gates as chairman of the board. The split seems amicable, as Bloomberg is reporting that "Gates may still play an active role at the Redmond, Washington-based company that he founded in 1975, depending on the wishes of the board and new CEO."