After a long five-month search to replace Steve Balmer as CEO of Microsoft, an insider in the company walked out with the winning trophy for the privilege of leading Microsoft—namely Satya Nadella.
Who is he?
Although Nadella is hardly a household name, he was responsible for heading up Microsoft’s successful cloud computing services division. He is a loyal company employee of 22 years that Bill Gates says he will totally be behind and support.
In a video put up on Microsoft’s company website, Gates said:
"Satya's got the right background to lead the company during this era. There's a challenge in mobile computing. There's an opportunity in the cloud."
What will Bill do?
During the search for a new CEO for Microsoft, Gates took over as the chairman of the company, but with the CEO hunt over, Gates will now step down and let John Thompson, another Microsoft faithful, move into the new role.
Thompson led the efforts to find a new CEO for the company.
Nadella, in his first official action as Microsoft’s new CEO, has requested that Bill Gates take a more active role at Microsoft as his technology advisor.
This will mean Gates will be more active at Microsoft, while the rest of his efforts will be dedicated to his work as a philanthropist in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization he and his wife started to help underprivileged third-world people.
"Satya's asked me to step up, substantially increasing the time that I spend at the company. I'll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups. It'll be fun to define this next round of products, working together."
Industry watchers believe that the selection of Satya Nadella is a conservative choice because he is an inside company man who knows the culture and the way Microsoft works.
But in saying this, does he have the vision and foresight to lead the company into new directions, ideas, and products?
The answer to these questions will be apparent about a year from now at the stock holders’ next annual meeting.