Satya Nadella – Another Son Of The Soil Makes It Big Abroad
It is indeed a moment of glory for all Indians when one of their kind made it big in the world of Information Technology (IT). Satya Nadella did India, the country of his origin, proud when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the world’s most cherished IT giant.
No wonder news of Nadella’s elevation brought cheers and a sense of both vindication and déjà vu to most Indians. Vindication because as an Indian Nadella proved that Indians has the potential to do it and Déjà vu because like Nadella there were a host of Indians who could achieve success in the past as foreign nationals after leaving shores of the country.
Newspapers too went overboard claiming victory for the country with some justification – he was born in India, so what if he is not a resident Indian.Nadella, who joined Microsoft 20 years ago, is now a veteran of the company. Born in India in 1967 in Hyderabad (India), he studied electrical engineering at the Mangalore University before travelling to the US for higher education. He studied computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Nadella, who initially worked at Microsoft rival Sun Microsystems before heading to Redmond to work on research for Microsoft’s online services division, has held a number of positions in the company before being announced as its CEO. He has worked in the company’s business division on office and even has some experience building the Bing search engine. What is more, was instrumental in transforming Microsoft’s cloud business and leading its server and tools business.
Microsoft’s server and tools business boosted the division’s profitability and facilitated its transition from traditional client-server computing to cloud infrastructure like Windows Azure under the stewardship of Nadella. Of late, he has been focused on Microsoft’s cloud businesses, pushing the company’s underlying infrastructure and services into products like Bing, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and Skype.
Though he has little experience running consumer-facing businesses like Xbox or Skype, Nadella does have a profound understanding and knowledge of the computing and engineering required to develop and build services and applications that are used by millions. Given Microsoft’s “devices and services” push, he is in a position to steer the company in one particular direction.
Nadella worked as senior vice-president of research and development (R&D) for the Online Services Division and vice-president of the Microsoft Business Division. Later, he was made the president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led a transformation of the company’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services.
He has been credited for helping bring Microsoft’s database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.
Nadella’s 2013 base salary is nearly $700,000, for a total compensation, with stock bonuses, of $7.6 million. He played a major role in Microsoft’s transition to cloud computing. As Executive Vice-President of Cloud and Enterprise group, Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft on 4 February 2014, Nadella, the third chief executive in the company’s history.
Positions held by Nadella prior to his appointment as new CEO of Microsoft are:
- President of the Server & Tools Division (9 February 2011 – February 2014)
- Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for the Online Services Division (March 2007 – February 2011)
- Vice-President of the Business Division
- Corporate Vice-President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform Group
- Executive Vice-President of Cloud and Enterprise group
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