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Microsoft Promotes CEO Satya Nadella As Its Chairman

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 04:43 Hrs

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive officer, has been named the company's new chairman, succeeding John Thompson. Nadella, who succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO in 2014, has been key in the company's growth, including billion-dollar acquisitions such as LinkedIn, Nuance Communications, and ZeniMax.

The company said Thompson, who took over as chairman from the software giant's co-founder Bill Gates in 2014, will serve as lead independent director.

The top-level executive change comes just over a year after Gates stepped down from the board, saying he would focus on philanthropic works of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's biggest charities.

The company had last month said it conducted a probe into Gates' involvement with an employee almost 20 years ago after it was told in 2019 that he had tried to start a romantic relationship with the person.

Microsoft had declined to comment on whether its board had decided Gates should go.