Indian-born tech wizard Satya Nadella is expected to take over as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, the world's largest software company.
Rising star Nadella, a native of Hyderabad, India - where Microsoft has its largest non-US research center - was promoted to run the company's fast-expanding cloud, or internet-based, computing initiatives in July last year as part of current CEO Steve Ballmer's radical re-organisation of the company.
Born in 1967 and educated in India and the United States, Nadella's tech career started at internet software pioneer Sun Microsystems. He joined Microsoft in 1992 and quickly climbed the corporate ladder with leading roles in the Office and Bing search-engine teams.
A look at the life of the man who may soon become only the third Microsoft CEO after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
-Born in Hyderabad in 1967, Nadella is currently the executive vice-president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group
-Before that, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems
-Nadella got his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, before getting a Master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
-He did his MBA from University of Chicago
Nadella at Microsoft
-He joined Microsoft in 1992
-Nadella is responsible for build-ing and running the company's computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services
-He and his team delivered the 'Cloud OS', Microsoft's next gen-eration backend platform which not only powers all of its Internet scale cloud services but -also fuels global enterprises around the world to meet their mission-critical computing needs
-He has also served as senior-vice president of research and development for the Online Ser-vices Division and vice-president of the Microsoft Business Division
With Mail Today and Reuters inputs