Satya Nadella has been named to replace Steve Ballmer who is stepping down as CEO amid poor consumer sales including Windows.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and current Chairman of the Board, is also being replaced by John Thompson, formerly of Symantec. Ballmer will continue to serve as a board member.
Since August, Microsoft has been looking for a new CEO. Nadella has been with Microsoft for 22 years, most recently as the company’s very successful cloud and enterprise chief.
The question is how will Nadella mesh and in which direction will he take the company? Bill Gates is certainly not going anywhere as he will now take an advisory role for product development.