Microsoft names Nadella as chairman, rewards him for refocusing company

Microsoft has undergone a rebirth during Nadella's leadership, recovering from failures in the mobile phone and internet search market.

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CEO Satya Nadella will be the third chairman in Microsoft’s history.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg
Microsoft Corp. named Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella as board chairman, strengthening his influence at the world’s largest software maker after more than seven years as the top executive.

Nadella, 53, succeeds John Thompson, who will return to the role of lead independent director, a position he held before being named chairman in 2014, Microsoft said Wednesday in a statement.

The change is a vote of confidence in Nadella, who was appointed CEO in February 2014. Thompson, 72, has been scaling back his work as chairman over the past few years, Microsoft said. The two have been discussing the new

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First Published: Jun 17 2021 | 6:01 AM IST

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