Yes! Microsoft Got It Right With New CEO

Satya Nadella. new Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella. new Microsoft CEO. Image courtesy of Microsoft.

A brilliant move to compete with brains and nimbleness.

“If you’re looking for your most Gates-like president — in terms of really having technology genius plus business genius — Satya seems like the best bet,” say Sam Ramji, the former head of open source software at Microsoft who worked under Gates and outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer for many years and, at one point, alongside Nadella.

The 46-year-old, India-born Nadella first joined the company in 1992 and spent the last three years running its Cloud and Enterprise group, the extremely lucrative — and rapidly changing — division that oversees the Windows Azure cloud service as well as the old-school data center software Microsoft sells to big businesses. But it’s Nadella’s personal demeanor that may truly set him apart from Ballmer.

Replacing the 57-year-old Ballmer — the big, boisterous, business-centric boss who has presided over the company since the turn of the millennium — Nadella will undoubtedly bring an added level of technical expertise to the CEO job, but also a more calm and considerate and collaborative way of dealing with both the Microsoft brain trust and those who work beneath him. That could be vitally important as he seeks to remodel a company whose internal culture is nearly as complicated as its vast empire of software, hardware, and internet services.” […]

Read full article via Why Microsoft Got It Right With New CEO Satya Nadella | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

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