Satya Nadella, 44, executive vice president, cloud and enterprise services, Microsoft is among the front runners to occupy the CEO chair at at the company. Mr.Nadella, joined the company in 1992 after a brief stint with Sun Microsystems.
Nadella grew up in Hyderabad - India, studied in Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, the alma mater of business notables like Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, and Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings, which was recently in the news as a likely bidder for Blackberry.
In July this year, he was handed the responsibility of the Cloud OS platform, which, as Microsoft's website says, "Not only powers all of Microsoft's internet scale cloud services (including Office 365, Bing, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, Skype and Dynamics) but also fuels global enterprises around the world to meet their most challenging and mission-critical computing needs.''
What are Satya Nadella's strengths?
He's a serious driver of his employees. Nadella also recognized the power and greater customer value that came from delivery over the internet (SaaS and clud) and thus pledged to move Heaven and Earth to get the staid Server and Tools Group to move to this new development model. And for the most part he has done it. Nadella also worked to break down the silos within software technology group and other product groups.
What are Satya Nadella's weaknesses?
A strong willed and committed and as a result can run rough-shod over some folks at times. He does not have patience for dissent from the path forward but does have time to listen to tweaks in the strategy and when he sees a good plan change he empowers those who bring it to him.