Microsoft has announced another reshuffling of its board of directors. This time, lead independent director John W. Thompson is leaving his role, with Sandra E. (Sandi) Peterson stepping in as the replacement. Furthermore, CEO Satya Nadella will remain as Chairman of the Board.
Peterson is the Operating Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and has also been serving on Microsoft's board.
As for Thompson, he is a veteran at Microsoft who has also been CEO of Symantec and vice president of IBM. He has been on Microsoft's board since 2012 and was instrumental in the appointment of current CEO Satya Nadella.
He was a leader in the search for a new CEO. Nadella's appointment brought Microsoft out of the doldrums and into a new era of ongoing success. Thompson has been important in that success, serving as Microsoft Chairman until 2021, when he was replaced by Nadella.
As for Satya Nadella, he has been reelected as the chairman of the board. Speaking of the reshuffle, Nadella said:
“I've always valued John's counsel and leadership and am grateful for his contributions as lead independent director and the strategic perspective he'll continue to provide to Microsoft going forward. Since joining our Board, the guidance and insights Sandi has provided have been invaluable. I'm delighted that she will continue to bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to Microsoft as lead independent director.”
Microsoft's board now has 12 members:
- Sandra E. Peterson, Lead Independent Director, Microsoft Corporation
- Reid G. Hoffman, General Partner, Greylock Partners
- Hugh F. Johnston, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
- Teri L. List, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap, Inc.
- Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
- Penny S. Pritzker, Founder and Chairman, PSP Partners
- Carlos A. Rodriguez, Executive Chair, ADP, Inc.
- Charles W. Scharf, Chief Executive Officer and President, Wells Fargo & Company
- John W. Stanton, Chairman, Trilogy Partnerships
- John W. Thompson, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
- Emma N. Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK
- Padmasree Warrior, Founder, President & CEO, Fable Group Inc.
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