Microsoft Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “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.”
Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.
“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”
In an email to employees, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer wrote, “Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what's going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way. I have worked closely with Satya for many years and I have seen these skills many times. He is not alone, though. Our Senior Leadership Team has never been stronger, and together this group will drive us forward.”
Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board.
With the addition of Nadella, Microsoft’s Board of Directors consists of Ballmer; Dina Dublon, former Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase; Gates; Maria M. Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College; Stephen J. Luczo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Technology PLC; David F. Marquardt, General Partner at August Capital; Nadella; Charles H. Noski, former Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr. Helmut Panke, former Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; and Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Instruments. Seven of the 10 board members are independent of Microsoft, which is consistent with the requirement in the company’s governance guidelines that a substantial majority be independent.
Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), a provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services, announced that Steve Cooper has joined the company as its vice president of Strategic Programs. In this role, Cooper will bring his experience introducing innovative technologies into government and commercial enterprises to accelerate DMI’s enterprise mobility and analytics offerings.
He will focus on furthering DMI’s growth by leveraging his relationships in the public and private sector. He will be responsible for identifying innovative opportunities to bring mobility and analytics solutions to clients around DMI’s full suite of mobile enterprise and big data capabilities.
Prior to joining DMI, Cooper was the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and CIO for Information Technology and Services at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he co-led the transformation of the 1,000+ person IT organization into shared services, guided the development of the agency’s three-year IT strategy, and set forth a vision for “Information as a Service” in support of the FAA’s 50,000 employees. He was the first CIO for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – where, appointed by the President, he established the organizational and technology infrastructure needed for ‘day one’ operations of the new department, along with a series of ‘firsts’ in support of the missions set forth by Congress for DHS.
Cooper has more than 30 years of information technology experience at other major enterprises including serving as the CIO of the American Red Cross, CIO of Corning, Incorporated and senior positions at Eli Lilly and Company and CSC. In these roles he pioneered the use of the internet in the early 90’s for public sharing of healthcare information; helped introduce analytical models to segments of the workforce; and leveraged mobile and cloud technologies to significantly reengineer the service delivery model of the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005.
“Mobile enablement is the next major transformation opportunity for commercial and government enterprises. As we demonstrated at the FAA, the strategic use of mobile technologies coupled with analytics can result in enhanced and more rapid delivery of business value, the reduction of enterprise risk, and in many cases, lowered operational cost of service delivery. I look forward to helping other DMI clients recognize dramatic long-term financial and operational benefits by sharing my experiences, mistakes, and successes,” said Cooper.
Tech Data introduced a new worldwide mobile business—Tech Data Mobile Solutions— and the appointment of company veteran Rod Millar to Senior Vice President of the business. He will lead the strategic direction, operations, and go-to-market . Millar will report to Nestor Cano, president, Europe and Joe Quaglia, president, the Americas.
Millar has relocated from the United Kingdom and will be based in the company's headquarters in Clearwater, Fla. Millar has been with Tech Data since 2007, serving as President of Tech Data Mobile in Europe.
"Mobile products and solutions continue to be a strategic focus for Tech Data throughout our worldwide operations," said Bob Dutkowsky, chief executive officer at Tech Data. "Over the past seven years, Rod has been instrumental in the growth and development of Tech Data Mobile, our European mobile business. This new organizational structure further solidifies our commitment to the growing mobile space and better aligns our resources to this important component of our company strategy."
The company also announced the promotion of Heather Murray to vice president, Tech Data Mobile Solutions. In this role, she will lead the sales, marketing, and operational functions of Tech Data's mobile business in the U.S. A 15-year veteran of the company, Murray has helped lead the company's U.S. mobile strategy since the formation of TDMobility. She has been responsible for the development and delivery of complete end-to-end mobile solutions to enable the company's channel of VARs, from devices to the data center, as well as the recruitment of new vendor partners to TDMobility. Murray, who currently serves as chair of the executive board of CompTIA's Mobility Community, will report directly to Millar.