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Nadella to head Microsoft; Gates leaves chair role

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Posted February 7, 2014
Nadella to head Microsoft; Gates leaves chair role
This May 21, 2008 photo, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Portal and Advertising Platform Group Satya Nadella demonstrates some of the features of Live Search on a mobile device during the advance08 Advertising Leadership Forum at the company’s campus in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft announced Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, that Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as its new CEO. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant’s 38-year history, after founder Bill Gates and Ballmer. Board member John Thompson will serve as Microsoft’s new chairman. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company’s small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, as its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

The software company announced Tuesday that Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer, who said in August that he would leave the company within 12 months. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant’s 38-year history, after Gates and Ballmer. Board member John Thompson will serve as Microsoft’s new chairman.

Indian-born Nadella, who is 46 and has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, has been an executive in some of the company’s fastest-growing and most-profitable businesses, including its Office and server and tools business.

Read more at: Phys.org

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