After making a teary, Dirty Dancing-inspired farewell to a packed room of employees, Microsoft’s departing CEO Steve Ballmer was gone. Sort of.
Ballmer has until August 23 2014 at the helm, but the world’s largest software and services company has already lined up his successor – if reports by Bloomberg and Re/Code are to be believed – and he could be appointed within days.
That man is Satya Nadella, currently the president of Microsoft’s server & tools business. He joined the company in 1992, a pivotal year for the Redmond giant that saw over 1 million advance orders placed worldwide for its Windows 3.1 operating system.
But for a company of Microsoft’s size and stature, being a veteran is not enough. Tipped to pip heavyweight CEOs Alan Mulally (Ford), Stephen Elop (Nokia) and Hans Vestberg (Ericsson) to the post, Nadella seemingly has the DirectX factor in the eyes of the board.
The question is: what has them singing his praises?