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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)

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)