Local Leaders Welcome Microsoft’s New CEO, Satya Nadella

| Lauren Metter

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella (@satyanadella) became Microsoft’s third CEO yesterday, bringing a genuine passion for innovation, collaboration, and education to the position.

During his 22 years at Microsoft so far, Nadella has led many major transformations within the company, including Microsoft’s move to the cloud. He helped develop one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, supporting Bing, XBox, Office and others.

A number of teams at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center worked within the Cloud & Enterprise division that Satya led before moving over to CEO, including our Cloud & Machine Learning and Enterprise Client teams. Various local leaders have already expressed their excitement around this announcement.

“I was fortunate to be on the Redmond campus when Satya was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft. The excitement here was palpable,” said Leads TCE Annmarie Levins (@AnnmarieLevins), who leads Microsoft’s new Technology & Civic Engagement group. “Satya has a track record of extraordinary success and leadership. I’m very excited by this choice.”

“Satya Nadella will be a great leader for Microsoft and brings a diverse technical and business background. His relentless focus on driving innovation will provide great benefit for our customer and partners,” said District General Manager Craig Hodges. “We look forward to him coming to Cambridge and listening to and meeting with our customers and partners.”

Check out Nadella’s first interview as CEO here:

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“The one thing I would say that defines me is that I love to learn,” Nadella said in the interview. “The thing about being able to watch people do great things, learn new concepts, is something that truly excites me.”

This is exciting, as Microsoft New England is specifically looking to increase interest among youths in STEM Education.

When asked how he felt when he accepted the role, Nadella seemed as eager as we are about Microsoft’s future: “Honored, humbled, excited. We have tremendous opportunity, and that’s inspiring.”

Read the official Press Release via Microsoft News Center here.

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