CEO

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.

  • Full Name

    Satya Narayana Nadella

    Date of Birth

    August 19th, 1967

  • Education

    Bachelor of Engineering - Manipal Institute of Technology, Master of Science - University of Wisconsin, Master of Business Administration - University of Chicago

365 Days

  • Windows logo

    Day 52

    In his first public speech as CEO, Satya announced that Microsoft intended to play a bigger role in the intersection of mobile and cloud technologies.

    Microsoft announces availability of Office on iPad
  • Lightbulb

    Day 71

    Satya discussed how, in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, one of the most fascinating truths is that data is not only consumed but also generated at accelerating rates and exponentially increasing quantities. He articulated his ideas around building a “data culture for everyone.”

    Building a data culture
  • Nokia logo

    Day 81

    Microsoft welcomed the Nokia Devices & Services team into the Microsoft family, helping the company increase its global reach and better thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. In an internal email to all employees, Satya stated that the deal was about much more than products, and that it was also an opportunity to integrate the two companies’ ideas and cultures in order to deliver innovation to customers more quickly.

    Check it out
  • Microsoft Surface icon

    Day 106

    At a Surface Pro 3 press event, Satya spoke about the importance of leveraging capabilities from across the company – including cloud, operating system, apps, services, and hardware – to create amazing mobile-first productivity experiences.

    The tablet that can replace your laptop
  • re/code logo

    Day 114

    At the Code conference on May 28, 2014, Satya spoke about how Microsoft is creating computing experiences that are more natural, more human, more like us. He also unveiled Skype Translator, a new technology that helps remove geographic and language barriers through real-time speech-to-speech translation.

    See Skype Translator in action
  • Salesforce logo

    Day 116

    On May 29, 2014, Satya pushed forward on a deal between Microsoft and Salesforce, historically an intense competitor with Microsoft. As a part of the deal, the two companies announced that Salesforce CRM apps would be integrated with Office 365 and that Salesforce would adopt SQL Server and Azure for internal development.

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  • Mobile first / cloud first icon

    Day 158

    In July 2014, Satya penned an all-employee mail, “Bold Ambition and Our Core,” that synthesized the company’s strategic direction as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. In the email, he zeroed in on what Microsoft can do that is unique and differentiated – the soul of the company.

    Read Satya’s Memo
  • Ability logo

    Day 176

    Satya worked with leaders across Microsoft to revamp the company’s annual employee meeting into the //oneweek Hackathon in late July 2014. Teams from throughout the company worked on projects that utilized Microsoft technologies to focus on customers in new ways. The “winning” hackathon project was from the Ability Eye Gaze team, which included NFL hero Steve Gleason. Their project is emblematic of the work that Microsoft is doing in accessibility.

    Check out Satya’s ALS ice bucket challenge
  • Minecraft icon

    Day 225

    Microsoft acquired Mojang, highlighting how the studio’s talent and passion are a perfect fit for Microsoft’s family of world-class developers. Minecraft also fits within Microsoft’s focus to grow its top franchises, diversify its existing portfolio of games, and reach new gamers across multiple platforms.

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  • Grace Hopper logo

    Day 249

    Satya attended the Grace Hopper Conference. His comments related to a question about women requesting raises started a larger conversation about women in technology and the importance of closing the pay gap. In an email and in a monthly Q&A with employees, Satya and his senior leadership team reiterated that they were taking action to ensure equal pay for equal work at Microsoft, and will continue to focus on this important topic.

    Read the email
  • Dropbox logo

    Day 275

    In November, Microsoft teamed up with Dropbox so the two companies could integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. Dropbox will also make its application available on the Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms in the coming months.

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  • Visual Studio logo

    Day 282

    Microsoft announced the availability of the .NET Core Framework on Linux and OS X, helping empower all developers to build amazing applications and services on the Microsoft Cloud. Today more than 20 percent of all virtual machines running on Azure are Linux based.

    Read Scott Guthrie’s blog post
  • Hour of Code logo

    Day 310

    As part of Computer Science Week, Microsoft teamed up with Code.org to participate in the Hour of Code. Satya spent time coding with students at The School of Finance and Technology in the Bronx, NY.

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  • Windows logo

    Day 353

    On January 21, 2015, Satya and Microsoft unveiled a new generation of Windows, designed to make computing more personal across devices that extend the Windows 10 experience from large screens to no screens.

    Watch the highlights

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