Microsoft CEO Nadella gets doused with bucket of ice water

Nadella accepted the challenge to raise awareness about a neurodegenerative disease and in turn challenged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and  Google co-founder Larry Page to do the same

New York : Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella was doused with a bucket of ice water on his head as part of a challenge he took to raise awareness about a neurodegenerative disease and in turn challenged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google co-founder Larry Page to do the same.

Nadella was challenged by former pro-football player Steve Gleason on Twitter to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).    46-year-old Nadella accepted the challenge and willingly allowed a group of employees to dump the bucket of ice water on his head yesterday.      “The thing I’m really excited about is what Steve and the team have done to raise awareness for ALS,” Nadella said in a video posted on Microsoft’s website showing him standing with the group of employees who later poured the ice water on him.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to contribute to not only raising awareness but to the research that can find cures” for the disease.

Nadella exclaimed “wow, that is cold” after being thoroughly soaked and then extended the challenge to Bezos and Page. “Now, let me take this opportunity to challenge Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to take their own ice bucket challenge.

“And let me tell you again from personal experience, it’s better to have your head in the clouds than under a bucket of ice,” Nadella said as he was cheered on by his employees. Gleason has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and his foundation aims to raise awareness about ALS, as well as to give others living with it the “leading edge technology, equipment and services” they need.

Yoshita Singh

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