SAN FRANCISCO — When Satya Nadella was named Microsoft CEO in February, analysts who follow the company said one of his top priorities must be to mold the software behemoth into a more nimble company able to take on a competitive world dominated by mobile devices.
Consider Thursday's news of massive layoffs a bold move in that direction.
Nadella is a Microsoft veteran. He's been with the software giant for more than two decades and had been running its enterprise and cloud businesses. "His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs," company founder Bill Gates said in a statement at the time.
Just who is Nadella?
He is a native of Hyderabad, India's tech center dubbed "Cyberabad." He is bookish and soft-spoken, with hobbies of cricket and reading poetry. He has been married for 22 years and has three children.
Most recently, Nadella, 46, was executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group. Before that he led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella worked at at Sun Microsystems.
Analysts have said his engineering strength bodes well inside Microsoft. He gained a lot of clout inside the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant for his part in Microsoft's move to the cloud — an agenda he has pushed since stepping into the CEO role.
In March, Nadella announced Office for iPad, a highly anticipated and long overdue version of its bread-and-butter productivity software for Apple's popular tablet.
In April at the company's Build developer conference, he stepped further into the spotlight to lay the foundation for the company's vision for "one Windows" across phones, tablets, PCs and even its Xbox video game console.