Satya Nadella, who currently heads Microsoft’s division providing infrastructure, tools and services to corporations and IT departments, will reportedly be named new Microsoft CEO, according to a report today from Bloomberg, which said the board is preparing to make that move.
The report also says the board is considering replacing Bill Gates as Microsoft chairman with board member John Thomspon.
Bloomberg’s report cites people with knowledge of the process who asked not to be identified.
Company spokesman Frank Shaw declined comment on the report.
Kara Swisher, meanwhile, with online publication Re/code tweeted that any official announcement likely wouldn’t be coming today or tomorrow since the board has not voted yet.
Nadella, 46, is a 22-year Microsoft veteran who serves as executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. He helped build on a fast-growing division that’s responsible for providing servers, cloud platforms and other tools for corporations.
He’s been credited with being a key player in helping shape, articulate and execute Microsoft’s strategy for the cloud, the term used to refer to services and data that live on remote servers and which can be accessed by users online. He played a big role in how Microsoft’s Windows Azure has become a viable competitor to Amazon Web Services.
People who know him describe him as personable, very bright with deep technical knowledge, collaborative and well respected within Microsoft. His experience covers some of the most complicated technologies in business today, from industrial-strength servers to complex online services.
Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 as a program manager for Windows developer relations group. He was named vice president of Microsoft bCentral in 1999, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions in 2001, senior vice president of the Online Services division in 2007, and president of Server and Tools business in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University; a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin; and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
[Update: Here’s my story with more on Nadella and whether folks think he would be a good choice for Microsoft CEO, running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Jan. 31, 2014.]