Has new Microsoft CEO made the right call on Bill Gates?

The Boardroom

by Joe Curtis| 06 February 2014

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO of Microsoft. Will the founder’s shadow be cast over his reign?

New Microsoft boss Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer this week, but it's not the Michael Jackson fan he has to be worried about.

In these very early days of Nadella's tenure, speculation is mounting over where the former VP of Cloud and Enterprise will take the tech giant in the years to come.

It's been suggested that he'll ditch devices entirely, despite the $7.2bn capture of Nokia last year, to focus on innovating in cloud services.

But it's one of his more immediate decisions that has raised a few eyebrows among observers - his move to give company founder Bill Gates a bigger role.

The ex-chairman faced being booted off the board altogether four months ago, with fellow members fearing he would block change and meddle too much with the direction of his business.

So for Nadella to ask Gates to devote a third of his time to technology and products represents something of a turn around.

CBR canvassed analyst opinion on the move.

Post a comment

Comments may be moderated for spam, obscenities or defamation.

Join our network

716 people like this.
1556 people follow this.

The Boardroom Intelligence

Buy the latest industry research online today!
See more

Suppliers Directory

Privcy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.