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Microsoft CEO Nadella says power in the workplace is not to be abused

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Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks during the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Washington, on Nov. 29, 2017.David Ryder | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Friday that executives should not abuse the power they are given. It was some of the first commentary coming from the top of the company after media reports said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder and original CEO, had pursued an employee in 2000.

The company hasn’t had much controversy since Nadella took over as CEO in 2014. He’s generally been seen as a thoughtful leader who has helped to reinvigorate the company in the highly competitive technology industry. Only rarely has he had to deal with complexity. Now, he’s having to confront a challenge brought on by his predecessor with actions from two decades ago, when he was one of many vice presidents.

“Overall, the power dynamic in the workplace is not something that can be abused in any form, and the most important thing is for us to make sure that everybody is comfortable in being able to raise any issues they see, and for us to be able to fully investigate it,” Nadella told Jon Fortt on CNBC’s “TechCheck.”