• Jan 1, 1969
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

Appointed CEO of Microsoft Corporation on February 4, 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer, he was previously Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, where he was responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. He was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to an IAS officer, B. N. Yugandhar, who came from Guntur District and was a member of the Planning Commission during 2004–2009 under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He attended the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet before attaining a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication from the prestigious Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka. Growing up, playing cricket was his "passion", and he played it competitively as a member of his school's team. He said, "I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career." After moving to the U.S., he earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He knew that computer science was what he wanted to pursue, but that emphasis was not available when he attended Manipal University in India. He began his career at Sun Microsystems, as a member of its technology staff. The company was building an operating system that ultimately would be known as Windows NT, and needed team members who understood Unix and 32-bit operating systems. He was able to complete his Master’s degree and take a job at Microsoft Corporation in 1992 where he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings. He worked as the Senior Vice President of R&D for the Online Services Division and Vice President of the Microsoft Business Division. Later, he was made the President of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led a transformation of the company's business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services. He has been credited for bringing Microsoft's database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011. He is considered responsible for spearheading the development of the Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft Office Small Business, and Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM products. He is also considered to have played a significant part in Microsoft's foray into advanced technologies like digital rights management (DRM) and interactive television (ITV). On January 30, 2014, news reports started surfacing that he was the frontrunner to succeed Steve Ballmer as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft. He becomes only the third chief executive in the company's history. He lives in Bellevue, Washington, is married and has three children.
  • Date of Birth:

    Jan 1, 1969
  • Noted For:

    Leader of a transformation of Microsoft Corporation’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services
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