Wednesday, February 05, 2014

MICROSOFT NEW CEO SATYA NADELLA


Microsoft's board on Tuesday(04.02.2014) named Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella as chief executive of the legendary tech giant that has given the world products which have become household names like Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Express. The announcement elevates Nadella, an offspring of the Indian system, to one of the highest-profile corporate jobs globally.

SATYA NADELLA


Nadella, 46, will be only the third CEO of Microsoft after founder Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the man he is succeeding.

The elevation of Nadella, a company insider for 22 years (he recently joked that he has also been married for 22 years), was expected once heavyweight outsiders like Ford's Alan Mulally and Nokia's Stephen Elop dropped out or were passed up. The names of Google's Sundar Pichai and Motorola's previous CEO Sanjay Jha also briefly made the rounds, serving to highlight the intensity of PIOs breaking the glass ceiling, something that began some two decades ago, but has become more pronounced now.

In picking Nadella, Microsoft directors selected both a company insider and an engineer. It has often been noted that Microsoft was more successful under the leadership of Gates, a programmer and its first chief executive, than it was under Ballmer, who had a background in sales.

Satya Nadella now finds himself the head of an icon of American business that has struggled for position in big growth markets like mobile and Internet search. The company has correctly anticipated many of the biggest changes in technology — the rise of smartphones and tablet computers, to use two examples — but it has often fumbled the execution of products developed to capitalize on those changes.

It remains to be seen whether Nadella's technical background, along with the closer involvement of Gates in product decisions, will give the company an edge it lacked during the Ballmer years. Microsoft said in a statement that Gates will "devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction."

Relinquishing his role as chairman will allow Gates to spend over a third of his time with product groups at Microsoft, "substantially increasing my time at the company," he said in a video made for the news of Nadella's selection. Gates said Nadella asked him to make the change in his duties at Microsoft.

Nadella is a contrast to Ballmer in other ways. Most recently the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise businesses, Nadella peppers his conversations and speeches with technical buzzwords that people outside the industry would most likely find impenetrable.

Nadella showed ambition early in his career. He received degrees in engineering and computer science, then earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business while working full time at Microsoft. He flew to Chicago from Seattle to attend classes on the weekend, according to Steven Kaplan, a professor at the school who taught Nadella in a course on entrepreneurial finance and private equity.

"He is take charge, smart, but in a likable way," Kaplan said, adding that Nadella received an A in the course.

While many executives within Microsoft tend to be polarizing figures, Nadella appears to be well liked in much of the company. Still, those who know him well say he is not a pushover as a boss.

Nadella's star at Microsoft rose considerably in the past several years as he took charge of the company's cloud computing efforts, a business considered vital as more business customers choose to rent applications and other programs in far-off data centers rather than run software themselves.

For years, Microsoft did not pay enough attention to how the cloud was attracting the creativity of a new generation of developers. When he got control of the division that included Microsoft's cloud initiatives, Nadella changed that. He began meeting with start-ups to hear more about what Microsoft needed to do to become more responsive to their needs.

"When you look at the most exciting things happening in tech, all the platform shifts happening and disruption — social, mobile, cloud — Microsoft has not even been part of the conversation until recently," said Brad Silverberg, a Seattle-area investor and a former Microsoft executive. "With Satya's leadership, Microsoft is doing interesting things in cloud."

 But Nadella has to grapple with a much broader set of challenges in markets in which he has little experience, like mobile devices. He inherits a deal to acquire Nokia's mobile handset business, along with 33,000 employees, and a wide-ranging reorganization plan devised by Ballmer and still in progress.

In an interview in July, Nadella was supportive of the reorganization plan, which he predicted would allow Microsoft to adapt to changes in the market more quickly than in the past. "It's not like our old structure didn't allow us to do some of this," he said. "The question is whether you can amplify."

In his statement on Tuesday, Nadella said: "The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly."

Nadella was Microsoft's second-highest paid executive last year, earning $7.7 million in salary, bonus and stock grants. Only COO Kevin Turner made more. Microsoft has not yet announced his new package.

Nadella's elevation makes him the highest-ranked executive of Indian origin in the corporate world, ahead of such familiar names as Pepsico's Indra Nooyi and Mastercard's Ajay Banga. Microsoft's Windows still runs roughly nine out of every 10 desktop and laptop computers in the world, and its Office and Exchange programs are corporate mainstays. The company generated $27 billion in operating profit in the year ended June 30, and holds $84 billion in cash, making it a corporate powerhouse despite the relative decline in its fortune in recent years.


Thanks :Times of India & The Hindu

21 comments:

அன்பு ராஜன் said...

Say congrats to satya

JOHN FEET said...

BE PROUD WE ARE INDIAN

Jamee lavin said...

I READ THIS ARTICLE IN INDIA TODAY. YOUR EDITING IS GOOD. LIKE A NEWS PAPER. GREETINGS TO S.N

Rasikka Padikka said...

Yappa...... Very great ur come in english.good & thanks. Now i am able to read ur blog. Improve ur english and learn new words. Ok. good article about a Indian Satya Nadella

Arrow Sankar said...

thank you Jammee.In force of you only I have gone to English blog.Thank you for your comments. And i will expect more from you.

BHARKAVI MAMI said...

Thank you very much Shankar sir. And we were proud of Satya Nadella.

LOHANRAJO METAL ARTS said...

Like Satya, So many indians are there around the world. Be proud.

jameela said...

Nadella's elevation makes him the highest-ranked executive of Indian origin in the corporate world, like as Pepsico's Indra Nooyi and Mastercard's Ajay Banga..But this is Technology world. We should appreciate him. Jai Ho..

PR Munda said...

Very nice post.You are improved somuch.

rasiganin rasigan said...

Very interested character.Thank you for the information

aturview said...

Very Interesting matter.I read today only.And surprised to your turn to english and new template. Great...

matter masala said...

Promotion of SATYA NADELLA is a another indian diamond in Corporate Crown

BHARKAVI PAKKAM said...

Vision of 2020 is started from 2012

anbu rajan said...

Like this you have post of Palkar's people.

yogamaye@rediffmail.com said...

After a long turn I have read your blog.Thank you. Now you are expert to write and edit

Kama Kooth said...

Satya Nadella is a perfect and sound in administration heritage.

Arrow Sankar said...

thankyou to new readers and my friends

IDDUPPU INDUMATHI VAMSI said...

I am very proud of Satya from my sand

KOOTHIKKA LEKHA said...

Thank U INDUMATHI. I am also proud of SN from my sand.And thanks to Arrow shankerji for this article.

Radhikaa Nadella said...

Once more thankyou Sankarji. for this article of Satya Nadella

Butto Bala koos said...

Chokkat say,I love this blog.

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