Satya Narayana Nadella (born August 19, 1967) is an Indian American business executive. He is the current chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Before becoming CEO of Microsoft, he was Executive Vice President of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company's computing platforms, developer tools and cloud computing services.
Nadella was born into a Telugu-speaking family in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in the state of Telangana). His father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher, was a civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service. Nadella attended the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet before attaining a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1988 (then affiliated with Mangalore University), Manipal, Karnataka.
Nadella subsequently traveled to the U.S. to study for an M.S. degree in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, receiving his degree in 1990. Later he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Nadella said he "always wanted to build things". He knew that computer science was what he wanted to pursue, but that passion was at precocious stage while studying at Manipal University. "And so it [electrical engineering] was a great way for me to go discover what turned out to become a passion," he says.
At Microsoft, Nadella has led major projects including the company's move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.
Nadella worked as the 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 was nearly $700,000, for a total compensation, with stock bonuses, of $7.6 million.
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