Software giant Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday named Hyberabad-born Satya Nadella as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steve Ballmer.
“As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to this new role,” Microsoft Corporation said in a statement.
Nadella, 46, is taking over at a time when the world’s largest software company is expanding its focus to devices and cloud infrastructure.
“The opportunity ahead for Microsoft Corporation is vast, but, to seize it, we must move faster, push harder and continue to transform,” Nadella said in the statement.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft Corporation than Satya Nadella,” Microsoft Corporation founder and former chairman Bill Gates said. Gates said Nadella was a proven leader with hardcore engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together.
“His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft Corporation needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth,” Gates said.
Gates will assume a new role as Technology Advisor.