Microsoft.Inc on Monday announced that Anant Maheshwari has been appointed as President, Microsoft India.
Maheshwari will join Microsoft India on 1 September and will take over operations of the company on 1 January 2017 from chairman Bhaskar Pramanik, who retires in March 2017.
Maheshwari will be responsible for all of Microsoft’s product, service, and support offerings across India and continuing the company’s transformation into the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era,
Microsoft said in a statement on Monday.
Maheshwari formerly worked with Honeywell where he was their President for India. In this role, he was responsible for the continued growth of India operations across all three strategic business groups of Honeywell: Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), and Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT).
“I am delighted to announce that Anant is joining Microsoft India.As we continue to transform as an organisation and support our customers’ digital transformation, Anant’s leadership will be pivotal to our continued growth,”
Microsoft EVP and President Global Sales (marketing and operations) Jean-Philippe Courtois said.
On his appointment, Maheshwari said Microsoft’s 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,”
“I would also like to acknowledge the contributions made by Bhaskar Pramanik, who has been an inspiring leader of Microsoft India over the past five years. 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.”
“I am privileged to have participated in the growth of the Indian IT industry over the last four decades – from the days of the mainframe computing to the mobile first cloud first world of today where computing is all pervasive. I have seen the Indian IT industry grow from a few million dollars to the $200 billion global behemoth that it is today. 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.”
Maheshwari has an electrical & electronics engineering degree and a master’s degree in economics from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.Prior to Honeywell, Anant was with McKinsey & Company for six years where he worked with clients across multiple industries including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals.