Nadella formally receives Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award, in San Franciso
With the next decade set to be defined by digital technology, Satya Nadella, Indian American CEO of tech giant Microsoft, wants to help people across India to use technology to achieve more.
Nadella expressed the wish during a meeting with Indian officials at the Indian Consulate General in San Francisco after formally receiving the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award, from Consul General Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad last week.
Nadella, 55, who is planning to visit India next January was one of the 17 distinguished recipients of the awards announced on India’s January 26 Republic Day
“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,” Nadella said.
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During the meeting with the officials at the consulate, Nadella discussed 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,” Nadella said. “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.”
Hyderabad-born Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft in February 2014. In June 2021 he was also named the company’s Chairman.
Nadella plans to visit India in January 2023, his first visit to the country in nearly three years.