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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was "cheering for New Zealand" in cricket

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was "cheering for New Zealand" in cricket

Microsoft CEO receives invitation to NZ from partner The Instillery

Satya Nadella (Microsoft)

Satya Nadella (Microsoft)

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A campaign to bring Satya Nadella to New Zealand has turned up a supporter for the Black Caps and a new fan for Kane Williamson.

Local cloud specialist and Microsoft partner The Instillery has mounted a campaign to bring Nadella to New Zealand.

That invitation was relayed to Nadella at a Women in Technology session at Microsoft's Inspire conference in the US by Vanessa Sorenson, enterprise director at Microsoft NZ.

And here's what happened:

On being told Sir Richard Hadlee sent his best wishes, Nadella said: "Take my message to Kane Williamson, I thought he was the best player of the tournament. I was cheering for New Zealand."

"We heard that Satya likes Cloud, and Aotearoa, meaning 'The Land of the Long White Cloud'," The Instillery explained in a LinkedIn post.

"We also really like cloud. And we heard Satya was a bit of a cricket fan, so we arranged a special gift for him that cannot be bought…" (video embedded below)


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