Satya Narayana Nadella is an Indian American business executive. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014, and his style can be described by “giant round of layoffs” and many reorgs.Before becoming chief executive, he was Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms.Nadella was born in Hyderabad. His father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher, was a civil servant who worked for the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India.His mother was a Sanskrit scholar.
Nadella attended the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet before receiving a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology (then part of Mangalore University) in Karnataka in 1988.Nadella subsequently traveled to the U.S. to study for an M.S. in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, receiving his degree in 1990. Later, he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.Nadella said he “always wanted to build things” and that electrical engineering “was a great way for [him] to go discover what turned out to become a passion,” computer science.
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