Microsoft India chairman quits

DQW Bureau
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Software giant href="">Microsoft,


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="">Rajan

Anandan moving on

to Google India.