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Satya Nadella

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Satya Nadella
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Nadella at LeWeb 2013.
Native name సత్య నాదెళ్ల (Telugu)
Born Satya Narayana Nadella
(1967-08-19) 19 August 1967 (age 49)[1]
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now Telangana, India) [2][3][4]
Citizenship United States[5]
Alma mater Manipal Institute of Technology
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
University of Chicago
Occupation CEO of Microsoft Corporation (2014-present)
Employer Microsoft (1992–present)
Salary US$18.2 million (2014)[6]
Spouse(s) Anupama Priyadarshini (m. 1992)[7]
Website Satya Nadella -

Satya Narayana Nadella (born 19 August 1967) is an Indian American business executive. He is the current chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft.[8][9] He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Before becoming CEO of Microsoft, 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.

Early life

Nadella was born into a Telugu-Speaking family in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in the state of Telangana). His father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher, was a civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service.[10][11] Nadella attended the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet[12] before attaining a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering[13] from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1988 (then affiliated with Mangalore University), Manipal, Karnataka.[14][15]

Nadella subsequently traveled to the U.S. to study for an M.S. degree in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,[16] receiving his degree in 1990.[17] Later he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.[18][19]

Nadella said he "always wanted to build things".[20] He knew that computer science was what he wanted to pursue,[21] but that passion was at precocious stage while studying at Manipal University. "And so it [electrical engineering] was a great way for me to go discover what turned out to become a passion," he says.[22]


Sun Microsystems

Nadella worked with Sun Microsystems as a member of its technology staff prior to joining Microsoft in 1992.[2]


At Microsoft, Nadella has led major projects including the company's move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.[23]

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.[18] The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.[24]

Nadella's 2013 base salary was nearly $700,000, for a total compensation, with stock bonuses, of $7.6 million.[25]

Previous positions held by Nadella include:[26]

  • President of the Server & Tools Division (9 February 2011 – February 2014)
  • Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for the Online Services Division (March 2007 – February 2011)[27]
  • Vice-President of the Business Division
  • Corporate Vice-President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform Group
  • Executive Vice-President of Cloud and Enterprise group[14]

On 4 February 2014, Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft,[8][9] the third chief executive in the company's history, following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.[28][29][30][31]

In October 2014, Nadella courted controversy when he made a statement that women should not ask for a raise and should trust the system.[32] The statement was made while he was attending an event on Women in Computing in Phoenix, AZ. Nadella was roundly criticised for the statement and he apologised later on twitter.[33] He later sent an email to Microsoft Employees admitting he was "Completely wrong"[34]

In the two years that have since passed, Nadella is viewed as having done well,[35] with the Microsoft stock having risen more than 60% since he took over.[36]

Personal life

In 1992, Nadella married Anupama, daughter of his father's Indian Administrative Service (IAS) batchmate, K.R. Venugopal.[37] The families had known each other for thirty years and the marriage was arranged by their parents. The couple has three children, a son and two daughters, and live in Bellevue, Washington.[4][38]

Nadella is an avid reader of American and Indian poetry. He also has an interest in cricket (his passion growing up), having played on his school team. He has mentioned having learned something about leadership and teamwork from cricket.[4][22]

In June 2016, it was announced Nadella would publish his first book, with a publish date planned for fall 2017. Titled 'Hit Refresh', the book will explore his life, Microsoft and how technology will shape the future. The profits from the book will be put towards Microsoft Philanthropies where it will go on to help nonprofits.[39]


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  20. ^ "Meet Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO | NDTV Gadgets". 
  21. ^ Henderson, James (5 February 2014). "Techday – Nadella loves cricket, despite Black Caps hammering India…". 
  22. ^ a b "Satya Nadella – Microsoft's CEO". Microsoft. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 'I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.' 
  23. ^ Satya, Nadella (4 February 2014). "Satya Nadella CEO". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
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  25. ^ Kyle Nazario (27 January 2014). "Satya Nadella biography: Everything you need to know about Microsoft's new CEO". IT PRO. 
  26. ^ "Satya Nadella: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. 
  27. ^ "Equilar Atlas". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "Microsoft names Satya Nadella new CEO". CNET. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "Bill Gates quits as Microsoft chairman and Satya Nadella is named chief executive". The Daily Telegraph. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
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  37. ^ Nikhila Henry & Rohit P S, TNN. "Nadella's other passions: Cricket, running and pastries". The Times of India. 
  38. ^ "Satya Nadella's First Email To Employees As New Microsoft CEO: 'Who Am I? ?'". Business Insider. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  39. ^ "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book called Hit Refresh". The Verge. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

External links

  • Microsoft bio
  • Satya Nadella's theCUBE Interview from Accel Stanford Symposium 2013
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Steve Ballmer
CEO of Microsoft
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