Satya Nadella is Microsoft’s new CEO, and he wants to "do new things." I like that. How about you?

Update: Just read a very good article about Nadella.

Update 2: Microsoft's new CEO starts tweeting: @satyanadella

I am relieved that the Microsoft board didn’t give in to the irrational wish of the “markets” and hire one of those “high profile” managers who has no clue about the IT industry. Instead they announced an engineer as the new CEO.

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

We only know little about Satya Nadella. Here are the most interesting facts:

  • 22 years at Microsoft; 22 years married
  • Led Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise and Server and Tools groups recently
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA

Satya Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees has some clues about the visions of the new CEO of the planet’s biggest software company. I must say, I like his style. Here are my favorite quotes:

I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company . . . .

Our industry does not respect tradition—it only respects innovation.

I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things..

The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.

To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde—we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.

We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.

(The emphases in the quotes are mine.)

This morning, a reporter on the BBC World News (I forget his name) said that “the markets” (in my words the international casinos) are disappointed because an outsider could have changed the company faster. I don’t think that change alone will do it. Microsoft needs to “do new things,” things that neither the competition nor the markets can anticipate. I believe that this can only be accomplished by a CEO who “believe[s] in the impossible.”

The focus on innovation also shines through Satya Nadella’s first interview as Microsoft CEO. However, what I like most about the interview is that they are walking.

So what do you think about Microsoft’s new CEO?

4 Comments
  1. Anonymous 8 years ago

    I think he doesn’t really have a vision or belief. He will go by what the industry trends and results are, not necessarily focusing on making great products that satisfy customers but products that bring in $$$.

  2. Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    I wonder how it is possible that a product brings in $$$ but leaves buyers unsatisfied? And how would you objectively measure if a product is great or not?

  3. Explorer 8 years ago

    🙂 good response Michael… It is good that MS finally zeroed on someone with solid IT background and not any high profile CXO from outside.

  4. Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    Yes, from all the options I heard about, he is the best choice. I think Microsoft recognized that many of their main competitors have geeks as CEOs and that Microsoft can only prevail with with a leader who can push innovation from the top. The fact that Bill Gates steps down as chairman just to have enough time for his new role as technology advisor underscores this. I was a bit worried about Microsoft lately, but I now feel that they are back on track.

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