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Satya Narayana Nadella (born August 19, 1967) is the current chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board of Microsoft.

Early life and education

Nadella was born in 1967 in Hyderabad, India to a Telugu-speaking Hindu family. He attended the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet and received a BSEE from the Manipal Institute of Technology. In 1984, Nadella immigrated to the United States to earn a MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1990, and a MBA from the University of Chicago in 1996.[1][2][3]


Prior to working at Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.[3]


Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and rose to become the executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company's Computing Platforms, Developer Tools and Cloud Computing Services. Nadella was appointed as CEO on February 4, 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer.[4] By 2020, Nadella became one of the largest individual shareholders of Microsoft.[5]

On June 16, 2021, the Microsoft board announced that they had unanimously voted to appoint Nadella as its chairman, succeeding John W. Thompson, who remains on the board as lead independent director.[6] According to Thompson, Nadella “earned the right to be chairman of the board” after overseeing a 650% growth in market value of the company to over $2 trillion.[7] Nadella's success has been tied to his strategy of shifting Microsoft's business model from traditional desktop PC software to cloud computing.[8][9]


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