Original published February 4th, 2014
Today Microsoft announced Satya Nadella as its new CEO. This is a very important moment for Microsoft, as this is only the 3rd CEO for the company in its 39 years, replacing Steve Ballmer who has been with the company for 34 years and CEO for 14.
More information about Satya, including his first partners and customers’ webcast, is available on the Microsoft official CEO page http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/
There are hundreds of articles already online about Satya, who he is, the challenges he will be facing and what people want him to do. So I will not add to those articles but there are a couple of points that touched me personally that I would like to talk about.
First, the fact that after searching for 5 months, both internally and externally, the board chose to promote from within. It is a great testament to the talents and calibers inside the company but also a great message about how this company grows leaders capable of managing a company that large and that complex that there were very few candidates to the role globally.
Second, this decision sets an excellent example in diversity and inclusion. Microsoft has always been a diverse and inclusive company, it is part of its culture. Individuals were promoted based on their skills and not based on their race, color or gender. Choosing Satya as a CEO is another testament to Microsoft and the Board.
Third, I am very excited about the fact that Satya is only 46 years old. Even though he is not as young as Mark Zuckerberg, he is still very young when compared to CEOs of large companies the size of Microsoft. It is great to have a young, technology Savvy CEO leading Microsoft during this transformation.
Finally, Satya’s first email and message to employees are very encouraging as they show a very humble, smart and curious individual. Very good way to start this journey.