Microsoft will be ending the long search for the third CEO of the company and reportedly naming its executive vice president of cloud and enterprise group, Satya Nadella as the CEO to replace Steve Ballmer.
Update: He has been chosen as the CEO on February 4, 2014. Read more here:
Citing the people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that the search is getting closer to the Indian-American Nadella as the sentiment shifting to the insider.
Meanwhile, it’s also said to be replacing the chairman of Microsoft, which is now occupied by the co-founder, Bill Gates. The company is said to be considering Microsoft lead independent director John Thompson for the chairman post.
Satya Nadella looks after the building and running of the cloud services, developer tools and computing platforms for Microsoft. His team’s invention, the next-gen backend platform Cloud OS helps the company to scale its internet services as well as helps the global enterprise to meet the large-scale computing needs.
He was the president of the company’s Server and Tools business and prior to that he was the senior VP of R&D for online services division and before this, he was the VP of Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, he also worked in a group of technology staffs in Sun Microsystems.
There were several rumors surfaced in past five months regarding the next Microsoft CEO candidate, that includes Ford CEO Alan Mulally, but later he revealed that he won’t be leaving Ford. Later, the rumors suggested that the company’s COO Kevin Turner could be the next CEO. And in last December, when the reports came out regarding Microsoft’s consideration of Qualcomm’s COO Steve Mollenkopf to replace Ballmer, but very next day, Qualcomm announced Mollenkopf as the company’s CEO to avoid loosing him to Microsoft.
[ Source: Bloomberg ]