Microsoft’s CEO has lastly weighed in on experiences that the tech large’s co-founder Invoice Gates had an affair with an worker twenty years in the past — and insists that the corporate’s tradition has modified.
“The Microsoft of 2021 could be very completely different from the Microsoft of 2000,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC on Friday, noting that Microsoft has had a coverage requiring staff to reveal workplace relationships since 2006. “Anybody can elevate any challenge, even a problem from 20 years in the past, we are going to examine it, take motion to the satisfaction of the one that has raised it.”
Gates had an affair with a feminine worker within the yr 2000, Microsoft has acknowledged. The tryst reportedly lasted five years, and the corporate’s board allegedly turned conscious of the connection in 2019 and opened an investigation.
Final yr, Gates left the board earlier than the total board might decide on the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“The ability dynamic within the office is just not one thing that should — might be abused in any kind,” added Nadella, who has served as CEO since 2014. “An important factor is for us to guarantee that all people’s comfy in having the ability to elevate any points they see and for us to have the ability to absolutely examine it.”
Gates has additionally come underneath fireplace in current weeks for his apparently shut relationship with serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Their friendship reportedly angered his wife, Melinda Gates, and contributed to their choice to divorce, which the couple introduced earlier in Might.
Gates served as Microsoft CEO till 2000 and remained on the board till final yr.
In Friday’s tv look, Nadella insisted that Microsoft’s present tradition is not the identical as throughout the Gates period.
“We’ve got no compelled arbitrations, so I really feel that we now have created an atmosphere that permits us to essentially drive that on a regular basis enchancment in our variety and inclusion tradition,” he mentioned.