Zain Nadella, the son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has passed away yesterday at 26. According to GeekWire, Microsoft announced the sad news to the company’s executive team yesterday, and the message said that Satya Nadella’s family will take some time to grieve privately.
“I know we all want to support Satya during this difficult time,” said Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s Chief people officer in her message to Microsoft executives. “The best way right now is to hold him and his family in your thoughts and prayers, while allowing them the privacy and peace to process such a grave loss.”
In his 2017 book Hit Refresh, the Microsoft CEO reflected on his experience of being the father of a child born with cerebral palsy. Through his son, Nadella acquired a unique perspective on how technology needs to become more inclusive to support users with disabilities. Shortly after he became CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella announced a new mission statement for the company: “Empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
“Zain will be remembered for his eclectic taste in music, his bright sunny smile and the immense joy he brought to his family and all those who loved him,” wrote Jeff Sperring, CEO of Seattle Children’s Hospital, in a message distributed to Microsoft’s executive team.
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