Microsoft has announced a new Managing Director for the Sales and Marketing group of the India wing of the company—Karan Bajwa. He is currently the head of enterprise businesses in India and will continue to be based out of Gurgaon. He will be reporting to Chairman of Microsoft India Bhaskar Pramanik.

Current Managing Director Sanket Akerkar will be moving back to the US to be repositioned into the company. Akerkar was originally moved to India back in 2010. He has been with Microsoft since 2003.

Making the announcement, Bhaskar Pramanik said, “In the last two and a half years, Sanket has led the organization to greater progress across various areas. His deep understanding of enterprises and their needs in an evolving economy, his engagement with our customers and partners, and his commitment to building talent within the company has been truly appreciated. We wish Sanket every success in his next role.”

A picture of Karan Bajwa from 2011

A picture of Karan Bajwa from 2011

He continued, “I am very pleased that we are on the right path to growing talent within the company. Karan is a strong business leader who has always led from the front, and his successes both in Microsoft and prior to that are testimony to this. I am confident Karan’s strategic insights will help continue to grow the business in India.”

On taking up his new assignment, Bajwa said, “It is a very exciting time to spearhead the sales and marketing function for Microsoft in India, with limitless opportunities as the company transforms into a services and devices entity. The five years I’ve spent in the company so far have strengthened my belief that in India, especially, the potential is phenomenal. I look forward to exploring even newer arenas of growth”.

Karan starts his new tenure in July 2013 and Sanket will help with the transition until the end of July.

In an additional planned transition, Floris van Heijst, General Manager – Marketing & Operations, Microsoft India, will be taking up a senior appointment within Europe in July 2013. Floris joined Microsoft in 2005 and has been in India since 2010.

“Floris is leaving behind a very strong and capable marketing organization” Bhaskar said, “and we are very thankful for his contribution to the India subsidiary.” Floris’ replacement will be announced shortly.

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