Microsoft head Satya Nadella was awarded the Padma Bhushan — the third-highest civilian award in India — from India’s consul General T.V. Nagendra Prasad in San Francisco, US. Nadella, 55, was named one of the 17 awardees earlier this year.
The Hyderabad-born Microsoft CEO is also planning to visit India in January 2023 after three years. “It’s an honor to receive a Padma Bhushan Award and to be recognized 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,” said Nadella after receiving the award.
During his meeting with Prasad, Nadella, who was named CEO of Microsoft in February 2014, talked about the vital role digital technology plays in emancipating inclusive growth in India. The prime topic of discussion was India’s growth path and the country’s possibility of emerging as a global political and technology leader.
“We are living in a period of historic economic, societal and technological change,” said Nadella, adding that “the next decade will be defined by digital technology. Indian industries and organizations of every size are turning to technology to help them do more with less, which will ultimately lead to greater innovation, agility, and resilience.”