Microsoft has announced Satya Nadella as Steve Ballmer's replacement and third CEO of the company.
Nadella has been made CEO of Microsoft by its board of directors with immediate effect. He has been at the software giant for 22 years and was previously the executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group. See also: Microsoft to ditch on operating system: all bets on Windows RT.
"Our industry does not respect tradition - it only respects innovation," said Nadella. "The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must move faster, focus and continue to transform. I see a big part of my job as accelerating our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly."
Born in 1967, a page for the announcement on Microsoft's website says Nadella enjoys both poetry and cricket. More importantly, he will lead the firm onto Windows 9 which is expected to be announced at this year's Build conference in April.
Microsoft said Nadella has 'spearheaded' major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services - Most notably the move to cloud computing and the development of its infrastructure, supporting Bing, Xbox and Office. He has also overseen Microsoft's Server and Tools Business. See also: Is Windows RT dead?
"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Bill Gates, Microsoft's Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."
Gates has also been given a new role as Founder Technology Advisor on the Board. He will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in 'shaping technology and product direction'. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman while remaining an independent director.
Ballmer said he's 'pumped' about the decision stating: "Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what's going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way."