How Satya Nadella Reinvented Microsoft And Created One Of The Strongest Leadership Teams In The Industry

Over the last six years, chief executive officer Satya Nadella has played a pivotal role at Microsoft. Since his appointment as CEO in 2014, Nadella has stopped in-fighting, unnecessary tension, and restored morale, all while being credited for the company's market value of over $1 trillion. When he first took over, Microsoft's market value was around $300 billion.

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Upon joining the company, Nadella sent out a note to all employees outlining his goals. "We all need to do our best work, have broad impact and find real meaning in the work we do. Coming together as teams fuels this on a day-to-day basis," he wrote during his 2014 Leadership Update. "We need to drive clarity, alignment, and intensity across all our work."

Today, Microsoft's senior leadership team is made up of representatives from Azure, Office, LinkedIn, sales, marketing, finance, and other areas.

As executive vice president of Microsoft's Worldwide Commercial Business, Judson Althoff oversees commercial business strategy. After joining the company in 2013, he went on to lead the development of a significant sales reorganization in 2017 that saw Microsoft expand into retail and healthcare.

The team is made up of veterans like Chris Capossela, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Kurt DelBene, Scott Guthrie, Kathleen Hogan, Amy Hood, Rajesh Jha, Brad Smith, and Phil Spencer who all have close to or over 20 years of experience at the company.

Chris Capossela has been with Microsoft since graduating from Harvard. He brings almost 30 years of experience to his role as Microsoft's chief marketing officer and executive vice president for marketing and consumer business.

Jean-Philippe Courtois is an executive vice president and president of Microsoft global sales, marketing, and operations. He's been with the company since 1984 when he joined as a channel sales representative. Today, he's been credited for his customer-obsessed approach to marketing as well as pushing diversity and inclusion.

Kurt DelBene joined Microsoft in 1992 and today serves as the company's chief digital officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy. He's considered one of the founders of Office 365 which makes DelBene and an instrumental force in the company.

Scott Guthrie joined Microsoft in 1997 and has since gone on to be a founding member of the team that created Microsoft's .NET, and himself founded ASP.NET. He is currently the executive vice president in charge of the company's Cloud and AI group.

Microsoft's executive vice president of human resources and chief people officer, Kathleen Hogan, has been a leading force on matters like inclusion, diversity, paid-leave, and harassment complaints. Nadella called Hogan his "partner in transforming our culture," in his 2017 book Hit Refresh.

Amy Hood was the first woman at Microsoft to become the finance chief in 2013. Since joining the company in 2002, Hood has had a range of roles and today commands the position of chief financial officer.

As the tech juggernaut's executive vice president of experiences and devices, Rajesh Jha has spent over 30 years working on software for business use, the Office suite, Microsoft Work suite, and multimedia technologies.

Executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson was Nadella's first big hire as CEO. She played a pivotal role in improving the company's relationship with Samsung and is a champion of women in executive positions in tech.

Chief technology officer, Kevin Scott is a remote executive and is touted as the technical mind of the company. He joined through the acquisition of LinkedIn and became Microsoft's technology chief in 2017.

In recent news, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has stepped down from the company's board of directors in a bid to free up some time to focus on his philanthropic projects. However, Gates will stay on as a technology adviser to Nadella and others.