Indians cheer appointment of homegrown Microsoft chief
Mr Satya Nadella (centre), Microsoft’s new CEO, addresses employees along with founder and technology advisor Bill Gates (left) and outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer (right) on the company’s campus in Redmond, Washington, on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014. India on Wednesday cheered the appointment of Mr Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft, the latest example of an Indian-born exec rising to the top of the US corporate world. — PHOTO: REUTERS
MUMBAI (AFP) – India on Wednesday cheered the appointment of Mr Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft, the latest example of an Indian-born exec rising to the top of the US corporate world.
Mr Nadella, who became the giant company’s third CEO on Tuesday, was born and grew up in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad and studied at Mangalore University before moving to America to further his studies and career.
“India makes a power point,” said a proud front-page headline of the Times of India newspaper about the 46-year-old cricket lover’s appointment.
“India has clearly emerged as the talent machine that is consistently churning out global CEOs,” said the daily.
The teams of students – mostly from technical universities – can enter their vehicles in either the prototype or urban concept class. The former challenges students to build an aerodynamic and fuel-efficient vehicle that runs on just three wheels, while the later requires vehicles to resemble current car models but with an emphasis on fuel economy.
This is the first year the Philippines will host the event, which has been running in Asia since 2010. Similar events have also been held in Europe and the Americas.
The Philippines takes the torch from Malaysia, which had to cancel the race last year due to safety concerns sparked by thick haze – not from car emissions, but rather forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.
the purpose of the race is to “spark debate about the future of mobility” and “inspire young engineers” to create vehicles that cause less harm to the environment.
The event’s cancelation last year came much to the disappointment of registered participants, such as Mark Anthony Balo, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student at the Mapua Institute of Technology.
This year Mr. Balo said he and his team are ready for a tough challenge, but they felt confident about their performance.