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.
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.