Louisville Web Shooter, which created the first Web shooter in 2008, has hired the company’s co-founder and CEO as well as former Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, the company said in a blog post.
Nadella will become the company CEO, and CTO David O’Connor will become a partner, the firm said.
O’Connor is a longtime Microsoft executive and a co-author of the best-selling Microsoft Word productivity app Wordbook.
The hiring of Nadellas “adds tremendous depth and breadth of experience to our team of experts,” the company added.
“Our goal is to make the world’s most popular digital product better and faster for everyone.”
O’Conner, 48, joined Microsoft in 2007 after working as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
He previously worked at the company as a software engineer and software architect.
He previously held several roles at the Office of Strategic Innovation at the White House, including senior VP for Office 365 and VP for the Office for Government.
The company was founded by three former Microsoft executives, including Bill O’Reilly, a former executive vice president and senior vice president of global strategy, and Andy Beal, who became vice president for engineering in 2016.
Owens left Microsoft in 2014 to join Amazon, where he is now vice president overseeing its cloud and mobile operations.
The new hire will join the team of about 20 former and current employees, said Steve Harkins, president and CEO of LouisvilleWeb Shooter.
Harkins said that O’Connors experience at Microsoft “gave him the opportunity to really understand what it takes to create a high-performing, fast-growing, and efficient cloud-first, cloud-connected, and cloud-agnostic business model for the company.”
Louisville Web was founded in 2013 by O’Conners family and has grown to more than 1,000 employees.
O’Connell and O’Brien, who are both Microsoft employees, have been co-founders since 2013.