Nadella, 43, will oversee strategy, engineering, marketing and product development for the company’s server, tools and cloud-computing efforts, Microsoft said today in a statement. He replaces Bob Muglia, whose departure was announced last month.
Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is making executive changes to inject more engineering experience into the senior levels of product divisions. He’s contending with criticism from the board and investors that Microsoft is falling behind in smartphones and tablet computers. Ballmer also is trying to capitalize on a shift to cloud software, which is stored online.
Nadella, a 19-year Microsoft veteran, served as a senior vice president overseeing engineering and technical strategy for the Bing search engine, MSN websites and Internet advertising. Those products run on one of the biggest cloud-based systems in the world, giving Nadella experience in that field.