On February 4, 2014, Microsoft had a new CEO, the head of the Azure cloud platform, Satya Nadella. Former CEO Steve Ballmer retired and billionaire Bill Gates also stepped down as chairman at Microsoft.
Now, after leading Microsoft to once again become one of the world’s most valuable companies, CEO Satya Nadella has been unanimously elected Chairman of the Microsoft board.
This is also the first time in two decades, Microsoft has a CEO and Chairman of the company, after Bill Gates stepped down as CEO in 2000 (he left Microsoft’s board in 2020). And this move shows how Satya Nadella is trusted to lead Microsoft.
When Bill Gates stepped down as chairman of the board in 2014, Microsoft elected independent chairman John Thompson. After CEO Satya Nadella takes over this chair, Mr. John Thompson will continue to be a senior director on Microsoft’s board.
Satya Nadella will hold the position of CEO and Chairman of the board of Microsoft from this point on. That means he will have a lot of decision-making power over the company’s activities and strategies in the future. Almost the fate of Microsoft will be completely determined by Satya Nadella.
In 2018, when asked about the future of Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella answered that the future of the company is not Windows, but cloud services. Windows 10 was also created as a platform to provide services, but sales still grow very strongly in 2020 and 2021. In the near future, Microsoft promises to launch Windows 11 to replace Windows 10 .
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