As current CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to make his exit, Microsoft welcomes its next CEO, Satya Nadella, after six months of rumors and speculations over the appointment.
Nadella, 46, will become the third CEO in Microsoft’s history, and has been working for the company for the past 20 years. Prior to receiving his latest appointment, Nadella served as Microsoft’s Vice President of both the Business and Online Sales divisions. Reportedly, the company made the final vote in favor of his selection over the weekend, though several rumors that Nadella had been picked for the position began to surface late last week.
Along with Nadella stepping in to fill the departing Steve Ballmer’s place, Microsoft will see a number of other changes to its upper echelons within the coming months. Reportedly, founder Bill Gates is seeking to fulfill a more involved role inside the company, and will step down as chairman and serve as a “technology advisor” instead.
The hunt for the next Microsoft CEO started six months ago, when Ballmer surprisingly announced he would retire within the next year. Amongst the others considered for the powerful role were Ford CEO Alan Mulaly, Ericsson’s Hans Vestberg, and former Skype boss Tony Bates.
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