Tomahawk, WI 02/03/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s enterprise and cloud chief, Satya Nadella is now set up to be the company’s new Chief Executing Officer replacing Steve Ballmer who is to resign this August, according to people familiar with the matter. Big news is that Microsoft is considering replacing Bill Gates as the chairman.

A potential candidate for the post of chairman the software maker is looking upon is its lead independent director John Thompson, as reported by people who asked not to be identified because the matter is not public yet. Although, it is speculated that even after stepping down from chairman, Gates will still be involved highly with the company matters, especially those pertaining to product development.

Nadella’s new role

As about Nadella, 46, becoming the CEO the decision is not yet final. But according to those involved in the search his likelihood of replacing Ballmer holds strong grounds. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had Gates and Ballmer as its only two CEOs in the history of the company. Nadella would, if he becomes the CEO, offer the software company an enterprise technology expert who has enjoyed top positions in roles like business applications, server software, cloud services and Internet search. Nadella has been associated with Microsoft since 1992 and has boosted its revenue to $20.3 billion in the first financial year through June after he became the president of the server business in 2011.

This phase is vital for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) as now is the time that the software maker is shifting focus from its chief business to hardware and Internet based services. The company’s main business area involving personal computers is been transformed to mobile devices by leading competitors such as Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL). Microsoft had restructured the organization and the retiring CEO Ballmer had agreed to buy Nokia Oyj’s mobile business in a $7.2 billion transaction.

Is Thompson replacing Gates?

While Gates is preparing himself to spend most of his time in philanthropic endeavors with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which he had founded with his wife in 2000, he plans to only be a part time board member at Microsoft. If Thompson, 64, replaces the present chairman, he would bring in with himself the expertise of a technology executive garnered over a period four long decades. He had been an executive at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) for a longtime. Then after, he moved on to join Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) in 1999 from which he left in 2009. In his 10 years tenure, he moved the company to $6 billion from $600 million in sales. As of now, Thompson runs a San Jose, California based Virtual Instruments Inc. which develops an application and hardware performance tracking software.

Thompson joined the board of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in 2012. He has made some probes of top executives including the company’s CEO, which according to people having knowledge about the issue, have plays a role in Ballmer’s decision of quitting by August.

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