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New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella draws a straight connection to the Silicon Valley of India, Karnataka, having completed his engineering degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology, near Mangalore. Born in Hyderabad, the son of former member of Planning Commission BN Yugandhar now faces a very challenging task.
In an email to employees on Tuesday, he said, “Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill (Gates) and Steve (Ballmer) in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products.”