Satya Nadella, 52
BASED: Redmond, Washington, USA
Nadella was named Microsoft CEO in 2014. The India-born electrical engineer earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
REASON FOR WINNING
Under Nadella Microsoft is working closely with automakers such as Daimler, BMW, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Volkswagen Group to help them offer cloud applications to accelerate their digital transformation and help them define future mobility solutions. Together with BMW, Microsoft this spring announced the creation of the Open Manufacturing Platform, a technology framework and cross-industry community to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in manufacturing.