Microsoft didn't go for the surprise, and just announced that its new CEO is a promotion from within. Effective as of this very moment, Satya Nadella becomes the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors.
The 46-year-old father of three previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, and will replace the outgoing flamboyant co-founder of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, taking the reign in a crucial for the company moment. Here's Mr Nadella's statement:
With Ballmer's exit, Bill Gates seems to be returning, and will take on a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will be "devoting more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction".
This CEO swap seems to shoot two birds with one stone for Microsoft, as investors have been clamoring for a while that Ballmer steps down, and fans wanted Bill Gates to assume a larger role in the governing of the tech giant again. Well, that's all happened, and we are now extremely curious what are the visions in Mr Nadella's head regarding the role of those Nokia and Surface departments in the future direction of Microsoft. A small hint can be found in the following interview question with him: