October 13, 2018

Satya Nadella

Chief Executive Officer / Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella spoke to The Economic Club of Chicago at the First Dinner Meeting of the 2018-2019 Program Year. Nadella participated in a Q&A session moderated by Club Chair Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments.

I fundamentally believe, like any human being, companies have an identity, have a soul.

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Satya Nadella on company culture.


Satya Nadella

Chief Executive Officer / Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings. Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.


Mellody Hobson

Co-CEO & President / Ariel investments

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, and is the incoming Chairman of Starbucks, effective March 2021.