Satya Nadella

Satya Narayana Nadella is an engineer and Microsoft's CEO


Satya Narayana Nadella, born on the 19th of August 1967 is an engineer and Indian American business executive. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. He led a giant round of layoffs and flattened the organization, getting rid of middle managers. Before becoming CEO, he was the executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms.


Early years

Satya Nadella was born in the city of Hyderabad, in the state of Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana) in India. His father was an official in the Indian Administrative Service. Satya attended a public school in Begumpet. He studied at Mangalore University, where at the Institute of Technology in 1987 he defended earned a title of electronics and telecommunications engineer.

Nadella then went to the United States to continue his education and completed his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his diploma in 1990 and later obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Satya said he “always wanted to create things.” He knew that computer science is what he wanted to explore.


Satya Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992.

At Microsoft, Nadella led large projects, including the development of cloud computing as one of the largest cloud solutions in the world. He also worked as a senior vice president of the R&D department and vice president of the Microsoft Business Division.

He also assisted in the development of Microsoft, Windows Server and Azure databases. Revenue from cloud services increased to $ 20.3 billion in June 2013, from $ 16.6 billion, when it took office in 2011.

In 2013, Nadell’s basic salary was $ 700,000, including bonuses of $ 7.6 million.

Satya Nadella’s previous positions include:

President of the Server & Tools department (February 9, 2011 – February 2014)
Senior Vice President R&D (March 2007 – February 2011)
Vice President of the Business Department
Vice President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform
Vice President of the Cloud & Enterprise Group
On February 4, 2014, it was announced the new CEO of Microsoft. He is the third president in the company’s history.

Microsoft’s Cloud Computing division

One of Nadella’s greatest accomplishments was pioneering the ‘Cloud computing’ division of ‘Microsoft’. The annual turnover contributed by this division of the business was $16.6 Billion in 2011, when he was just appointed its head. In a matter of three years, the turnover saw a significant increase to around $20.6 Billion.

Personal life

Satya got married in 1992. He has three children: a son and two daughters. He lives in Bellevue, Washington.

He was widely criticized online, when his remark on hike of salaries for female employees came across as biased against women, at the ‘Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing’ event.

When he is not caught with his business commitments, Nadella likes to unwind by reading poetry. He is also really fond of cricket and attributes the sport as one of the reasons behind his leadership abilities.

Nadella has authored a book titled Hit Refresh that explores his life, his career in Microsoft and how he believes technology will shape the future. He announced that the profits from the book would go to Microsoft Philanthropies and through that to nonprofit organizations.