Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is becoming a new member of the board of trustees for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Nadella’s decision is quite significant. This will be his first outside board role since he was elected to become Microsoft CEO.
Nadella has been in the top executive position at Microsoft for more than two years, pushing the company to a cloud-first strategy. He will join four other new board members for Seattle-based Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Satya Nadella is coming to the nonprofit group’s board in an announcement by Fred Hutch today.
Another notable addition to the board is Mike Clayville, who serves as vice president of Amazon Web Services.
Matt Mcllwain, Madrona Venture Group managing director, and Hutchinson board member, sent GeekWire an email stating:
“It is very helpful to the Hutch’s leadership in innovation to have board members like Satya and Mike who deeply understand what is possible in applying computer and data science through cloud computing to finding cures.”
Nadella is “very talented at listening to customers and markets and finding ways to achieve scale and success in emerging areas of opportunity,” continued McIlwain. “He is also passionate about creating a culture and structure that support an organization’s objectives. He has already begun to have impact in these areas to support the Hutch.”
Fred Hutch is the largest cancer prevention research center. It is renowned for its research, and Nadella is bringing his cloud expertise to help boost the fight against cancer. The center also researches cures and treatments for other diseases, most notably HIV/AIDS.