If you plan to watch President Barack Obama deliver his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, be sure to look for Satya Nadella.
The Microsoft CEO will be sitting in the guest box of First Lady Michelle Obama as the president delivers his speech in Washington D.C., along with other invitees who “represent the progress we have made since the President first delivered this speech seven years ago,” the White House noted in a press release.
“Their stories — of struggle and success — highlight where we have been and where America is going in the future, building on the best of what our country has to offer,” the White House added. “The guests personify President Obama’s time in office and most importantly, they represent who we are as Americans: inclusive and compassionate, innovative and courageous.”
Other guests include a small business owner, a college student, a Syrian refugee, a mayor, a governor, veterans, STEM education leaders, and others. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will also be sitting in the box.
In its description of Nadella, who took over for Steve Ballmer in February 2014, the White House noted Microsoft’s leadership with expanding K-12 classroom access to computer science — it announced a $75 million investment toward the cause this past September — and the company’s decision to increase its employee benefits package paid leave benefits this past fall.
For O’Toole, meanwhile, the White House noted her leadership with the department’s body-worn police camera program.