Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Changes at Microsoft: New CEO is Satya Nadella

A promising change at Microsoft. As he announced months ago, Steve Ballmer is stepping down as CEO and his replacement was named to be Satya Nadella, an engineering executive. Bill Gates is also removing himself from the board to remain (or step up to be) an adviser to the new CEO. While Steve Ballmer had the energy, his strength and experience was always considered to lie on the marketing and business side more so than on the technology. "In Mr. Nadella, Microsoft’s directors selected both a company insider and an engineer, suggesting that they viewed technical skill and intimacy with Microsoft’s sprawling businesses as critical for its next leader." (NYT)

He is of course upbeat as anyone would be, who ever got a new job, or better yet, a great new job. To be fair, he is only the third CEO in the history of the company. But there he is something over and above that initial enthusiasm. A touch of reassuring certainty about Microsoft's future. In his statement Tuesday, Mr. 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.” More at Microsoft Names New Chief; Gates Becomes Adviser -

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