Amitabh Srivastava Before he became the CEO, Satya Nadella was heading the wildly successful Server and Tools business at Microsoft. One of the people who laid the foundation for that success of Microsoft’s server business is Amitabh Srivastava who was the head of the Server and Cloud division before it was merged with the Azure team to form the Server and Tools business. Srivastava is presently an Executive Vice President and an advisor to the CEO of EMC Corporation, one of the biggest competitors of Microsoft in cloud computing for businesses. Srivastava has a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur and an MS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. After stints as a member of research staff both at Texas Instruments and at the Western Research Labs, he joined Microsoft in 1997 and worked at Microsoft Research. There he founded the Programmer Productivity Research Center to improve the company’s software products. After a stint at the company’s Windows division as a Corporate Vice President, Srivastava joined a project internally called Project Red Dog which would later be called Windows Azure and would become one of the most successful Microsoft businesses. Along with holding 14 patents, Srivastava has published numerous papers. He is also the recipient of awards like the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT-Kanpur and Outstanding Engineering Alumnus from the Pennsylvania State University.