Satya Nadella
Nadella in 2017
Born
Satya Narayana Nadella

(1967-08-19) 19 August 1967 (age 56)
Hyderabad, India
CitizenshipUnited States[1]
Education
Occupation(s)Chairman and CEO, Microsoft
Spouse
Anupama Nadella
(m. 1992)
Children3
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2022)
WebsiteMicrosoft profile
Signature

Satya Narayana Nadella (/nəˈdɛlə/; born 19 August 1967) is an Indian-American business executive. He is the executive chairman and CEO of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014 as CEO[2][3] and John W. Thompson in 2021 as chairman.[4][5] Before becoming CEO, he was the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company's computing platforms.[6]

Early life

Satya was born on 19 August 1967 in Hyderabad into a Telugu-speaking Hindu family.[7][8][9][10][11] His mother Prabhavati was a Sanskrit lecturer[12] and his father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, was an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1962 batch.[13][14][15] Yugandhar hailed from Bukkapuram in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.[16][17] Yugandhar's father migrated from Nadella village in Guntur district (present-day Palnadu district) of Andhra Pradesh to Bukkapuram.[18][19]

Satya Nadella attended the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet[20] before receiving a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka in 1988.[21][22] Nadella then traveled to the U.S. to study for an MS in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,[23] receiving his degree in 1990.[24] Later, he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1997.[25][26]

Career

Sun Microsystems

Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems as a member of its technology staff before joining Microsoft in 1992.[27]

Microsoft

1992–2014

Nadella on his first day as CEO of Microsoft, with former CEOs Bill Gates (left) and Steve Ballmer (right)

At Microsoft, Nadella has led major projects that included the company's move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.[28]

Nadella worked as the senior vice-president of research and development (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 a transformation of the company's business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services. He has been credited for helping bring Microsoft's database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud.[26] The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.[29] He received $84.5 million in 2016 pay.[30]

In 2013, Nadella's base salary was reportedly $669,167. Including stock bonuses, the total compensation stood at around $7.6 million.[31]

Previous positions held by Nadella include:[32]

Chief executive officer (2014–present)

On 4 February 2014, Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft,[2][35] the third CEO in the company's history, following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.[36]

In October 2014, Nadella attended an event on Women in Computing and courted controversy after he made a statement that women should not ask for a raise and should trust the system.[37] Nadella was criticised for the statement and he later apologized on Twitter.[38] He then sent an email to Microsoft employees admitting he was "Completely wrong."[39]

Nadella leads a live discussion on Microsoft's cloud strategy in 2014 in San Francisco.

Nadella's tenure at Microsoft has emphasized working with companies and technologies with which Microsoft also competes, including Apple Inc.,[40] Salesforce,[41] IBM,[42] and Dropbox.[43] In contrast to previous Microsoft campaigns against the Linux operating system, Nadella proclaimed that "Microsoft ❤️ Linux",[44] and Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member in 2016.[45]

Under Nadella, Microsoft revised its mission statement to "empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more".[46] He orchestrated a cultural shift at Microsoft by emphasizing empathy, collaboration, and 'growth mindset'.[47][48] He has transformed Microsoft's corporate culture into one that emphasizes continual learning and growth.[49]

In 2014, Nadella's first acquisition with Microsoft was of Mojang, a Swedish game company best known for the computer game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. He followed that by purchasing Xamarin for an undisclosed amount.[50] He oversaw the purchase of professional network LinkedIn[51] in 2016 for $26.2 billion.[52] On October 26, 2018, Microsoft acquired GitHub for US$7.5 billion.[53]

As of November 2023, Microsoft stock had increased nearly tenfold since Nadella became CEO in 2014, with a 27% annual growth rate, ending a 14-year period of near zero growth.[54][55]

Sports

Nadella, Soma Somasegar, Samir Bodas, Ashok Krishnamurthi, Sanjay Parthasarathy, and the GMR Group purchased the Seattle Orcas cricket team which is a part of 2023 Major League Cricket Season.[56]

Boards and committees

Awards and recognition

In 2018, he was a Time 100 honoree.[60]

In 2019, Nadella was named Financial Times Person of the Year and Fortune magazine Businessperson of the Year.[61][62]

In 2020, Nadella was recognized as Global Indian Business Icon at CNBC-TV18's India Business Leader Awards in Mumbai.[63]

In 2022, the Government of India awarded Nadella the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India.[64]

Personal life

In 1992, Nadella married Anupama, the daughter of his father's IAS batchmate. Both Nadella and Anupama are the only children from their parents.[65] She was his junior at Manipal pursuing a B.Arch in the Faculty of Architecture.[66] The couple had three children, a son and two daughters, and live in Clyde Hill[67] and Bellevue, Washington.[68] His son Zain was a legally blind quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.[69] Zain died in February 2022, at the age of 26.[70] According to Nadella, being the father of a child with special needs was a turning point in his life.[71]

Nadella is an avid reader of American and Indian poetry and enjoys cricket, having played on his school team.[72] He credits cricket for improving his leadership skills.[73]

Nadella and his wife Anupama are part of the ownership group of Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer club.[74]

Nadella has authored a book titled Hit Refresh that explores his life, his career in Microsoft and how he believes technology will shape the future. He announced that the profits from the book would go to Microsoft Philanthropies and through that to nonprofit organizations.[75]

Publications

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