Following the announcement of Steve Ballmer’s retirement in August, Microsoft has a new CEO, Satya Nadella.
Previously, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.
The engineer has worked for Microsoft since 1992, when he left Sun Microsystems. In his previous role, Microsoft reportedly paid him $669,167 as a base salary plus stock bonuses which add up to $7.6 million.
Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft’s 39-year history, following co-founder Bill Gates and Ballmer.
Satyanarayana Nadella, 46 years old was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to an IAS officer, B. N. Yugandhar, hailing from Guntur District. He graduated from the University of Mangalore with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering before continuing his education in the United States.
He earned two more masters’ degrees: one in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and another in business administration from the University of Chicago.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Gates in a prepared statement. “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.”