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February 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Satya Nadella named new Microsoft CEO; Bill Gates steps down as chairman

Microsoft has made it official, announcing today that Satya Nadella will be the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Nadella will also join Microsoft’s board.

Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to assume the title of founder and technology adviser, which Microsoft said will allow him to devote more time to the company supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. Gates remains a board member.

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October 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Proxy advisory firm recommends not re-electing Microsoft CEO search chair to board

John Thompson, chairman of Microsoft's board committee searching for the company's new CEO. (Photo from Microsoft)

John Thompson, chairman of Microsoft’s board committee searching for the company’s new CEO. (Photo from Microsoft)

[This post has been updated to include Microsoft's comments.]

Glass Lewis, a proxy advisory firm, has recommended to Microsoft shareholders that they not re-elect John Thompson to the company’s board.

Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments, is the lead independent director on Microsoft’s board and is leading the committee searching for Microsoft’s next CEO.

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