Meet Microsoft's new Server and Tools boss: Satya Nadella

Summary:Microsoft has gone in-house and chosen Satya Nadella as the new president of the company's Server and Tools division.

Microsoft has gone in-house and chosen Satya Nadella as the new president of the company's Server and Tools division.

Nadella will be replacing Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, who announced his plans to leave the company in January.

It looks like at least one other Microsoft exec isn't happy with Ballmer's latest decision. Microsoft announced today that Server and Cloud Senior Vice President Amitabh Srivastava (whom I had figured as a possible choice) is leaving the company. Server and cloud Corporate Vice President Bill Laing will take over Srivastava's role in the interim, company officials said.

Nadella is a 19-year Microsoft veteran who most recently led engineering for the Online Services Division. Before that, he led Business Solutions, which focused on the Dynamics ERP and CRM products. He also previously led various engineering teams in the server group.

Here is CEO Steve Ballmer's e-mail on Nadella's appointment. And here's Nadella's own e-mail on it.

Nadella definitely has engineering chops, but he also has MBA credentials. From his official bio on the Microsoft Web site:

"A native of Hyderabad (India), Nadella has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Mangalore University, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago."

Microsoft is not planning on doing any further "major" reorganization of top management at this time, a company spokesperson told me today.

Topics: Servers, Hardware, Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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