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Anant Maheshwari to join Microsoft as its India head, starting September 1st

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In what is a change at the highest levels, Anant Maheshwari will be joining Microsoft India on September 1 as its President. Maheshwari will be taking over the reins of operations from Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, with effect from January 1, 2017. He is currently employed by Honeywell as its president for India operations.

In his new role at Microsoft, Anant will have a very diverse set of responsibilities including Microsoft’s product, service and support offerings pan India. He will also be working to guide Microsoft on its path to become a company that can offer platform and services leading up to a mobile-first, cloud-first era.

Previous to Microsoft, Anant was a part of Honeywell for a period stretching over a decade and took care of its India operations as president. He was responsible for the growth of Honeywell’s three strategic business groups of , namely Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), and Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) and is also known for conceptualizing and setting up Honeywell’s security operations in the country.

Maheshwari holds an electrical & electronics engineering degree and a master’s degree in economics from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Speaking about his appointment as the President, Maheshwari said,

Microsoft’s mission – empowering people and organizations across the planet to do more – is deeply energizing, especially at India’s current growth inflection point. The ambition of a mobile-first, cloud-first world complements India’s growth themes of Smart Cities and Digital India. The global mission and the ambition of the company are fully aligned with India’s needs and priorities, and enable a wide range of creative growth opportunities. I am excited to join the company at this transformational point and support the growth objectives globally and in India.

Speaking on the appointment, Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations said,

I am delighted to announce that Anant is joining Microsoft India. As we continue to transform as an organization and to support our customers’ digital transformation, Anant’s leadership will be pivotal to our continued growth.

He also spoke at stretch about the contributions made by Bhaskar Pramanik, the outgoing chairman of Microsoft India. Pramanik joined Microsoft from Oracle India. Before Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, Pramanik was the Corporate Vice President and President, India GEM of Sun Microsystems India and was instrumental in building Sun’s presence in India.

He’s worked closely with our customers, employees, partners and government stakeholders, and has been a truly passionate supporter of Digital India initiatives. In the coming months before he retires, I know he will work side by side with Anant, to ensure we have a smooth transition of leadership and continue to drive our business forwards.

The transfer of responsibilities will take place in a phased manner with Pramanik formally retiring from the company in March 2017. Speaking about the appointment, he said

As I plan my transition out of Microsoft by March 2017, I am very happy and proud of the strong team we have built in Microsoft India. It is a team that truly embodies our mission of empowering every individual and organization to achieve more. I am excited that Anant will be taking over from me. He brings strong operational rigor, strategic competence, excellent leadership and a proven track record of bringing together diverse teams to drive big impact.

Microsoft is certainly a very important market for India and the company is actively engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and customer services & support activities. It has over 7,000 employees in the country spread across major industrial hubs like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon etc. As the company’s new president, Anant will have his plate full with taking care of Microsoft’s huge day to day operations while also focusing upon expansion and ventures into previously unexplored territories.

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