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And he has been lauded by many people — including Ballmer — for having the ability to pick a strategy that makes sense.
Riverbed Technology CEO Jerry Kennelly, who persuaded Nadella to join his computer networking company’s board last March, credits Nadella with preventing the company from "taking a wrong turn." As management was considering moving in a new direction, Nadella delivered hard-edged advice "in a way that is constructive and collaborative," Kennelly says.
"At the end of the day, technology is all about having the right product at the right time in the right market," Kennelly says. "The keys to the kingdom are your product strategy and your market strategy, and that is where Satya has been helpful for us."
Business Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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