Anant Maheshwari ,President of Honeywell India will be the next person leading the Microsoft India. The current president Bhaskar Pramanik will be retiring in March 2017. Maheshwari is all set to join the software giant Microsoft on September 1, 2016, to take over as the next Microsoft India President, the operations and ensure smooth transfer of leadership from Bhaskar Pramanik.

Microsoft said in a statement that 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”,

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Maheshwari served in various leadership roles in Honeywell for 12 years. Before honey well he was associated with McKinsey & Co for six years where he worked with clients from multiple sectors including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel, and pharmaceuticals.

At Honeywell a fortune 100 company he was responsible for operations in the fields of Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), Aerospace, and performance materials and technologies (PMT) in India.

Maheshwari commenting on his new role said that “Microsoft’s mission—empowering people and organisations across the planet to do more—is deeply energising, especially at India’s current growth inflexion point. The ambition of a mobile-first, cloud-first world complements India’s growth themes of Smart Cities and Digital India. The global mission and the goal 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.”

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Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations stated that”I am delighted to announce that Anant is joining Microsoft India. 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 organisation 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.”

Bhaskar Pramanic commented saying, `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 B global behemoth that it is today.

Hope Microsoft’s India President will succeed in his role and wishing him all the very best on behalf of our team.