Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source
By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten
BEIJING/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, the company said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.
It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.
SAIC officials could not be reached for comment.
Microsoft, which normally does not comment on executive travel plans, acknowledged the trip but tried to defuse any tension around the antitrust issue.
"Satya's trip was planned before the Chinese government investigation began," said a company spokesperson. "We're committed to complying with China's laws and addressing SAIC's questions and concerns."
Microsoft is one of many foreign firms to have come under scrutiny as China seeks to enforce a 2008 anti-monopoly law, which some critics say is being used to unfairly target overseas businesses.
Foreign CEOs often pay calls on the world's second-largest economy to strengthen business and political ties. Nadella would be at least the second major tech executive to have visited the country as antitrust tensions simmer.
Qualcomm Inc President Derek Aberle, looking to end to the wireless chip giant's own antitrust scrutiny, met with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last week. Continued...