Microsoft Corp. Chairman John Thompson, who led the recent search for a new chief executive officer that resulted in the appointment of Satya Nadella, said the challenge facing the software maker is how to direct the company’s ample resources in the right direction.
With Microsoft Corp.’s appointment of John Thompson as chairman to replace co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s largest software maker is looking to the veteran technology executive as the main outside voice in its new leadership structure.
Microsoft Corp. named Satya Nadella chief executive officer, tapping an insider steeped in business technology to speed up a turnaround at a software maker that helped usher in the personal-computing age, only to be left behind as the world embraced the Web and mobile devices.
Microsoft Corp.’s board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company’s enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer and is discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, according to people with knowledge of the process.
ValueAct Holdings LP President Mason Morfit, the investor set to join Microsoft Corp.’s board as it prepares to make Satya Nadella chief executive officer, will seek another break with tradition: how the company sells its flagship products.