Former Microsoft Employees Talk About Working With Satya Nadella

GeekWire has a great post containing interviews with a number of former Microsoft employees who have worked with Satya Nadella:

Scott Moore, president of Seattle startup Cheezburger, the former MSN executive producer on Satya Nadella

“Satya is thoughtful, articulate and well-spoken but quite low-key,” said Scott Moore whose tenure at Microsoft gave him a window into Nadella’s leadership of Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Online Services group. “He possesses vast technical knowledge and expertise and unlike many senior execs, he understands the products he oversees at a deep level.”

Despite his outward demeanor, Nadella is an “aggressive business leader” who is willing to take on difficult challenges, Moore said.

John Connors, the former Microsoft CFO who now works as a venture capitalist at Ignition Partners on Satya Nadella

“Nadella is not the type of leader who would pound the table with his fist, instead taking a more thoughtful approach to problem solving,” In that regard, he’s more in the mold of Nike CEO Mark Parker, said John Connors

“He’s more cerebral and has great product depth, and is very, very good at getting the right people in the right jobs,” said Connors. “Very hard working guy. Very outward focus, and very product oriented. He will be a guy that people enjoy working for, but at the same time, if you don’t deliver or don’t have the right skill set, he won’t hesitate to make changes.”

Sanjay Parthasarathy, who hired Nadella into Microsoft’s product groups in the early 1990s on Satya Nadella

“I don’t think he’s going to go in with a set view,” said former Microsoft executive Sanjay Parthasarathy, who hired has remained friends with the new Microsoft CEO since working with him in those early days. “He’s going to operate based on what he sees.”

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