Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks onstage at MWC Barcelona. Image Source: Microsoft.
Since its inception in 1975, Microsoft has grown from its humble beginnings in a small garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to one of the world’s most powerful and successful computing software companies.
Over the past 46 years, the technology corporation has had only three CEOs -- each leaving their unique mark on the company: Bill Gates, Gates’ college roommate Steve Ballmer, and, most recently, long-time Microsoft executive Satya Nadella.
Under Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft has focused on improving its existing software, making its productivity suite available across multiple platforms. After becoming CEO in 2014, the Indian-born executive has led the software corporation to new heights, reaching record profits and quadrupling its shares.
Since taking office, Nadella has shaken up the leadership team at Microsoft and couldn’t have achieved such impressive results without the top executives around him.
The salesman of the leadership team is Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s EVP of Worldwide Commercial Business. Althoff joined the tech giant in March 2013 after serving as an SVP in Sales at Oracle for 11 years. Under his leadership, Microsoft doubled its revenue and tripled its cloud growth. On May 20, the company announced that Althoff would be playing an even more prominent role, with Microsoft merging Global Sales and Marketing with its Worldwide Commercial Business teams, effective July 2021.
Previous SVP of Global Sales, Marketing, and Operations Jean-Phillippe Courtois will not be leaving the company. Instead, he will become EVP of National Transformation Partnerships and continue to report to Nadella. Courtois has been with Microsoft for over three decades, joining the company as a sales representative in the mid-’80s. He became CEO of Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in early-2000 then held the position of President of Microsoft International, before joining the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in 2016.
Bringing home the Cannes Lions 2021 Creative Marketer of the Year award is Microsoft’s CMO and EVP for Marketing and Consumer Business, Chris Capossela. The Harvard graduate runs marketing in consumer and commercial businesses for Microsoft and has spent more than two decades with the company in multiple leadership positions. Most recently, he served as the VP of Consumer Channel Group.
With the expected departure of Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Corporate Strategy Kurt DelBene this upcoming financial year, engineering services under the executive will be transitioning to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s EVP of Cloud + AI Group. Guthrie has been with Microsoft since graduating from Duke University with a bachelor of arts in computer science in 1997. He was one of the founders of the .NET project and has been pivotal in providing solutions across the Microsoft Cloud.
The business operations arm, which previously belonged to DelBene, will be transitioned to CFO Amy Hood. Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 after working as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs. She has since played a critical role in the company’s acquisition of LinkedIn and Github. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Duke University, Hood works closely with Nadella on company strategy.
Joining Microsoft from its acquisition of LinkedIn is CTO Kevin Scott. Scott was LinkedIn’s Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations and guided the professional networking company through its IPO. Now at Microsoft, he oversees research and AI development.
As a company with more than 160,000 employees, Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer and EVP of HR, plays an essential role in maintaining a positive workplace environment. In her six years on the job, she has led initiatives to build a diverse workforce and made commitments for equal pay. Now, she is working to guide the company as it transitions into a hybrid workplace. Before joining the tech giant in 2003, Hogan served as a partner at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co for nine years.
With an experienced leadership team, Microsoft is likely to be a household name for many years to come.
“We want to empower you to seize these opportunities and build what comes next,” Nadella said during a keynote address that opened Microsoft Build 2021. “Our ambition is to be the platform for platform creators.”
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