Tomahawk, WI 02/06/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) put to rest the debate over its new CEO by announcing the appointment of Satya Nadella as its new CEO and as a member of its Board of directors.  Earlier Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group and he is accredited for leading the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

Satya’s strength

Satya Nadella originally belongs from Hyderabad, India, he joined Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in 1992 and he swiftly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings. Although the analysts were in favour of appointing an outsider as a CEO however one should not forget that Microsoft is a sprawling organization with an aggressive corporate culture and it not an easy environment for an outsider to adjust into therefore appointment of Satya Nadella as a CEO is good as he has been working in Microsoft since the past 22 years and knows the ins and outs of its system and therefore appointing him is smart and safe choice. Bill Gates was all praise for Satya Nadella, as he said that “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” Satya Nadella is only the third CEO after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer to lead the PC pioneer Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) since its past 40 years of existence.

Microsoft’s reshuffling

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to be in a reshuffling mode as it has not only appointed a new CEO but has also appointed Microsoft’s founder and its member of Board of Director, Bill Gates, in a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and he will now devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. Microsoft has also appointed John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, has been promoted as the Chairman to replace co-founder Bill Gates and Thompson will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board. Thompson is the second person to be appointed Chairman after Bill Gates and is known to have strong opinions about how to drive the company forward and is seen as the main outside voice in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s leadership structure. Thompson has said in his message that he was “looking forward to working closely with Satya and other members of the board. The board is always focused on long-term success of this great company and takes seriously its responsibilities to shareholders to ensure long-term success.”

Microsoft’s future

Thompson and Nadella will have to oversee a transition to a new organizational structure and integrate the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia Oyj (HEL:NOK1V)’s handset unit as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s key products are facing decline. Microsoft is currently facing many challenges due to severe competition from its rivals, there is a slump in demand for machines carrying Microsoft software and as the PC market has faced worst decline in 2013 and the slump is slated to continue till 2017 as the market share for tablets and mobiles are growing cutting into PC’s shares in the market. Nadella and Thompson will have to prove their capability in their present roles and they will have to strategies plans so that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s stock valuation and its brand value increases.

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