Satya Nadella wins the Financial Times Person of the Year

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella smiling
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella smiling (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is the Financial Times Person of the Year.
  • The Financial Times points towards financial and cultural success by the Microsoft CEO.
  • Nadella shifted the direction of Microsoft over the past decade, culminating in a solid 2019.

The Financial Times named Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella its Person of the Year. The Financial Times highlights both Microsoft's financial success and its cultural shift led largely by Nadella. Since Nadella became CEO of Microsoft six years ago, the total return generated by the company for shareholders is over one trillion dollars.

The Financial Times states that Microsoft "looked like it might be on the fast track to technological irrelevance" when Nadella took over. They give credit to Nadella for helping create the "new purpose at the heart of the company, as well as a corporate culture that reflects the personal qualities of a chief executive more given to humility than the intellectual arrogance the company was once known for." Nadella oversaw a shift in Microsoft's strategy, migrating from a heavy reliance on a tech monopoly centered around Windows towards a company focused on the cloud.

Nadella took Microsoft back to its roots of being a company that creates software that other companies use, according to the Financial Times. Nadella says that the "fundamental notion that we build tools, build platforms so that others can build more technology, I think is more relevant, more needed in 2019 than it was in 1975."

Inside Microsoft, the Financial Times points out that Nadella's willingness to collaborate spearheaded a culture change, "In a company defined by intense rivalries, naked displays of ambition and cut-throat competition, Mr Nadella's unassuming and collaborative style stood out. It has been central to the new culture he has tried to bring to the company."

The Financial Times piece on Nadella takes a deeper look into his approach to running Microsoft and how his nature spreads throughout the company.

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  • Good. Haters gonna hate, tho.
  • lack of courage, he like to play safe, too easy: "cut the part that's not doing good and push the part that's doing good" = profit
  • Depends on how you look at it.
    He stopped the money leaking parts of the business and put everything into the parts that were making money. Xbox has now been turned around and we have pc support like never before. Ok we lost windows phone but come on should Microsoft really of kept putting money into the OS when they could partner with Google & Apple put all the apps on the stores and offer all there customers Microsoft services. Was loosing Xbox music pass and Xbox TV store really a big loss as it only had a few thousand users where prime, Netflix, Spotify have way more so people have moved to them. Also on the flip side we now see a surface phone on the way. OK running android but it comes with all the default Microsoft apps but with the extra google services wp was missing like Google pay, YouTube as well as unlimited apps you can use. I get why people say things like you do but looking at Microsoft now they are no longer the me to company but have become leaders in more or less everything they are doing.
  • "cut the part that's not doing good and push the part that's doing good" YES. That is EXACTLY what he is supposed to do. Anything else is fiscally irresponsible. Do you understand that yet? Feel free to open your own business and NOT care about profits. Focus on products that are NOT selling, because that takes "courage". Discontinue products that ARE selling, because that is "too easy". Let us know how long you stay in business.
  • Courage or not... at least now, MS is working with 95% of Fortune 500, Nike, Sony, Samsung, Shell, Toyota, Volvo, BMW, Walmart, Walgreen, Starbucks, governments, military, hospitals, agriculture, etc, building smart city, smart kiosk, car, coffee machine, fridge, AR and many other things...
    If courage == try new things, are these (bring Win10 to Xbox, Azure + AI + ML + quantum computing + modular OS combo, Hololens, etc) new? Google tried Android Things, and it's axed (and it's not the only thing Google has axed).
    Apple tried 3D touch, Apple Arcade, Magazine, and a few other things, dead or half dead.
  • Yeah, that's literally how business works.
  • He who looks like Gandhi but behaves like a Hitler. He for sure deserves an Oscar! He is Nadella if you have not figured it out yet.