Anant Maheshwari will take over as President of Microsoft India from September 1, the company announced on Monday. He will be taking over charge of operations from Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, from January 1, 2017. Pramanik will retire from the company in March 2017.
Maheswari will be responsible for all of Microsoft’s products, support and services across India and continue the company’s transformation in the mobile-first, cloud-first era. Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations announced the appointment. “As we continue to transform as an organisation and to support our customers’ digital transformation, Anant’s leadership will be pivotal to our continued growth. Our mission at Microsoft – which we all care deeply about – is to enable every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. I know that in India, Anant will help us to continue to deliver against this, in one of the most vibrant, diverse and exciting markets anywhere in the world.”
Courtois also acknowledged the contributions made by Bhaskar Pramanik as the leader of the company for the past five years.
Maheshwari said Microsoft’s ambition of a mobile-first, cloud-first world complements India’s growth themes of Smart Cities and Digital India. He added that the global mission of the company is fully aligned with India’s needs and priorities, and will enable a wide range of creative growth opportunities.
Pramanik, who has been the face of the company in India for many years, said he was 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”.
Maheshwari comes from Honeywell, where he worked as the company’s President for India. In this role he was responsible for the growth of Honeywell’s India operations across all three of the company’s strategic business groups: Automation and Control Solutions, Aerospace, and Performance Materials and Technologies. 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.