India's Satya Nadella considered as a Lead Contender For Microsoft Top Job

India's Satya Nadella considered as a Lead Contender For Microsoft Top JobIndia-born Satya Nadella, senior Microsoft executive is among the top two likely candidates whose name is being considered for the post of the next CEO of the world's largest software company, Microsoft replacing long time chief executive Steve Ballmer.

A resident of Hyderabad, Nadella completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University. He earned a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

As the hunt intensifies it is being considered that other in-house candidates like former Skye CEO and present Microsoft Business Development Chief Tony Bates as well as former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop are not likely to be offered the top job.

Others from outside with some chance are Computer Sciences Corp. ( CSC ) CEO John Michael Lawrie, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, and former Juniper Networks, Inc. ( JNPR ) CEO Kevin Johnson.

The search for a new CEO started about three months back after Ballmer bid farewell to employees in his one hour emotional speech at his final company meeting as CEO and announced his decision to retire within the next year.

Nonetheless, Ballmer is expected to continue to lead the company through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company until a successor is chosen.