Satya Narayana Nadella or Bukkapuram Nadella Satyanarayana Chowdary(born 19 August 1967) is an Indian American business executive. He is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. Before becoming CEO, he 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 computing services.
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.
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. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011. He received $18 million in 2016 pay.
Nadella’s 2013 base salary was nearly $700,000, for a total compensation, with stock bonuses, of $7.6 million.
Previous positions held by Nadella include:
1. President of the Server & Tools Division (9 February 2011 – February 2014)
2. Senior Vice-President of Research & Development for the Online Services Division (March 2007 –February 2011)
3. Vice-President of the Business Division
4. Corporate Vice-President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform Group
5. Executive Vice-President of Cloud and Enterprise group
On 4 February 2014, Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft, the third chief executive in the company’s history, following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
Nadella changed the company’s direction after becoming CEO. His tenure has emphasized openness to working with companies and technologies with which Microsoft also competes, including Apple Inc., Salesforce, IBM, and Dropbox. In contrast to previous Microsoft campaigns against the Linux operating system, Nadella proclaimed that “Microsoft ♥ Linux”, and in 2016, Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.