Microsoft Tuesday appointed 46-year-old Satya Nadella as its new CEO, ending a five-month search for a suitable replacement for long-time CEO Steve Ballmer who had disclosed his decision to step down in August.
A message on Microsoft’s website announcing his appointment says Nadella ‘brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role.’ Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer also spoke about him in glowing terms.
“Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way. I have worked closely with Satya for many years and I have seen these skills many times. He is not alone, though. Our Senior Leadership Team has never been stronger, and together this group will drive us forward,” Ballmer said.
The former executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group had spent 22 years at Microsoft prior to him appointment as CEO.
As part of the announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he would step down as chairman to assume a new role on the board as founder and technology adviser. John Thompson, the Microsoft board member who oversaw its search for a new chief executive, becomes chairman.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella.
“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 said in his statement.