Satya Nadella makes no mention of his Indian background

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
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  • Updated: Feb 06, 2014 07:56 IST

Microsoft Corp named Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer, ending a longer-than-expected search for a new leader after Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August. (Reuters/Microsoft/Handout)


With Indians in a swoon over one of their own making it to the top of the food chain at Microsoft, you would expect Satya Nadella to give a shout-out to his country of birth, his heritage.

There has been none so far. And not for the lack of opportunity — he has had plenty of chances to do that, starting with a rambling email to his employees.

The section on himself — sub-titled “Who am I? — makes no mention of Hyderabad, India, or Manipal Institute of Technology, together accounting for more than a third of his life.

The first and only nod to his past is a mention in his bio released by Microsoft. “Birthplace: Hyderabad, India”. And that he loves cricket, which he has compared to Russian novels.

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There was no mention in his interaction with customers and partners on Tuesday shortly after the announcement, which was streamed live from the company’s Redmond, Washington HQs.

Nadella came to the US more than 25 years ago, and he is today an American citizen, much as Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, whom he has succeeded. 

But India is not just a part of his past. The company that he heads now is a market leader in India’s enterprise software market, with over 31% market share.

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