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Microsoft names Nadella chair, Thompson remains on board

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Bloomberg6/17/2021 10:03 AM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Microsoft names Nadella chair, Thompson remains on board
Nadella, the company’s third CEO, will also be the third chairman in Microsoft’s history.
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Microsoft Corp named CEO Satya Nadella as board chairman, strengthening his influence at the world’s largest software maker after more than seven years as the top executive.

Nadella, 53, succeeds John Thompson, who will return to the role of lead independent director, a position he held before being named chairman in 2014, Microsoft said Wednesday, June 16, in a statement.

The change is a vote of confidence in Nadella, who was appointed CEO in February 2014. Thompson, 72, has been scaling back his work as chairman over the past few years, Microsoft said. The two have been discussing the new roles since last fall.

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