Satya Nadella – “I always knew that I wanted to create something.” Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
A great family man, raising three children, writing a book about his life, Microsoft and how technology will change the future. According to him, this “will not be a book with tips, how to achieve success, nor a memoir.” The word “transfiguration” is often repeated in this book and it looks like it is!
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
When Nadella first took office, he sent a special email to all employees. He wrote the following: «I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me».
Nadella quickly won the recognition of Microsoft employees due to the fact that he made major changes in trying to find the right course for the company and return customers. Employees love Nadela and say that he managed to put the company together to cope with serious problems. The main philosophy of Nadella’s leadership is to enter into partnerships and ensure the availability of Microsoft programs and services to all customers, even those who do not use Windows. Under his leadership, the company returned the value of its shares to a record from 1999, made several important acquisitions and is confidently moving forward into the future.