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Microsoft Names New Chief; Gates Becomes Adviser

POSTED ON February 4th  - POSTED IN Blog Posts, Technology
ill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steven A. Ballmer at a Microsoft

From left, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steven A. Ballmer at a Microsoft event on Tuesday. Mr. Nadella is the third chief executive in Microsoft’s almost 40-year history. Microsoft

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Satya Nadella was its next leader, betting on a longtime engineering executive to help the company keep better pace with changes in technology.

The selection of Mr. Nadella to replace Steven A. Ballmer, which was widely expected, was accompanied by news that Bill Gates, a company founder, had stepped down from his role as chairman and become a technology adviser to Mr. Nadella.

John W. Thompson, 64, a member of the Microsoft board who oversaw its search for a new chief executive, became the company’s chairman, replacing Mr. Gates.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Mr. Gates, who remains a member of Microsoft’s board. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together.”

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