a statement said that Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman and Corporate VP of
Microsoft's India operations has stepped down from his
responsibilities. After a seven-year stint at Microsoft, Venkatesan
has decided to pursue opportunities outside the company.
While Microsoft shall name
successor in the near future, Venkatesan will partner with Microsoft
International President, Jean-Philippe Courtois to ensure a smooth
transition with his successor.
“Ravi came to Microsoft
India at a very critical time. He has since architected our growth,
making this among the fastest growing markets for us. He has laid a
strong foundation which, I believe, will help us to continue our
business successes,” said Courtois.
Sanket Akerkar will
to lead overall sales, marketing and services businesses as the Sales
and Marketing Head for India, while Hemant Sachdev will continue to
lead the Consumer and Online Business.
Venkatesan's resignation is
an addition to the list of recent high profile exits from the
company, with Srini Koppolu, the Corporate VP and MD quitting in
August 2010, and former Microsoft India MD, href="https://www.dqweek.com/rajan-anandan-joins-google-india">Rajan
Anandan moving on
to Google India.