Having received the Padma Bhushan in the US, Satya Nadella intends to visit India in January
The third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, was given to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said it was an honour for him to receive it. He added that he was looking forward to continuing to engage with Indians to help them use technology to achieve more.
Last Monday, Mr. Nadella formally accepted the medal for meritorious service from Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad, the Indian Consul General in San Francisco. Mr. Nadella intends to travel to India in January. Microsoft’s 55-year-old CEO was one of 17 recipients earlier this year.
On receiving the award, Nadella said: “It’s an honour to receive a Padma Bhushan Award and to be recognised with so many extraordinary people. I’m thankful to the President, Prime Minister, and people of India, and look forward to continuing to work with people across India to help them use technology to achieve more.” During the meeting, Nadella discussed with Prasad the critical role digital technology plays in empowering inclusive growth in India. The discussion focused on India’s growth trajectory and the country’s potential to be a global political and technology leader, according to Microsoft.
“We are living in a period of historic economic, societal and technological change,” said Nadella following his meeting with Dr Prasad.
“The next decade will be defined by digital technology. Indian industries and organisations of every size are turning to technology to help them do more with less, which will ultimately lead to greater innovation, agility and resilience,” Nadella said.
Nadella, a native of Hyderabad, was appointed Microsoft’s CEO in February 2014. He was also appointed the company’s chairman in June 2021, a new position in which he would be in charge of creating the board’s agenda.
One of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Awards are presented every year on the eve of Republic Day. According to Microsoft, Nadella will travel to India in January 2023, marking his first trip there in almost three years.
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