SEATTLE Feb 4 Microsoft Corp named
Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer on Tuesday,
ending a longer-than-expected search for a new leader after
Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August.
Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year
history, following co-founder Bill Gates and Ballmer.
Microsoft also announced that John Thompson, lead
independent director, will succeed Gates as chairman. Gates will
assume a new role as "technology advisor," the company said in a
Shares of the world's largest software maker edged higher in