Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO on February 4, 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
After joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella quickly became known within the company as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Prior to his role as CEO, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, one of the company’s fastest-growing and most profitable businesses. While Nadella was there, the group’s revenue increased by 22 percent, and its profits by 33 percent. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division, guiding the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, to support products including Bing, Xbox and Office.
Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
As Microsoft’s third CEO (succeeding Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates), Satya Nadella brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to the role. He says he joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he explains, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.”
Originally from Hyderabad, India, where he was born on August 19, 1967, Nadella now lives in Bellevue, Wash. He holds 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. Nadella is married and has three children. In his spare time, he loves to read poetry and follows cricket, a sport he played in school as a child.