News: Microsoft appoints a new head for its India R&D business


Microsoft appoints a new head for its India R&D business

The newly appointed Managing Director will replace Anil Bhansali, who held this role for the last six years.
Microsoft appoints a new head for its India R&D business

Microsoft has named Rajiv Kumar as the new Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL). Kumar has been working with Microsoft since 1992. In his most recent role, he was working as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices (E+D) Group. 

He has led projects including Kaizala (an enterprise productivity chat app) and bootstrapping the campus hiring program in India. These projects helped Microsoft hiring the best talent from premier engineering colleges in India.

“Over the years Kumar has innovated on a variety of products and built large world class engineering organizations rooted in the foundation of a strong culture of Microsoft,” the company mentioned. 

Kumar’s growth in the company highlights his capabilities to head R&D business in India. He joined Microsoft back in 1992, as a campus-hire and moved up from being a developer in the Visual Basic team to Development Manager in BizTalk and then the Product Unit Manager for the Content Management Server team, which became a part of the SharePoint server.

Now as he takes on the role of MD, he is expected to further build upon the capability of the engineering division and reinforce the culture of inclusion, innovation and collaboration.

Set up in 1998, IDC represents Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services for driving digital innovation that helps transform individuals and organizations across all industry verticals. As the relevance of technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence increases in the country, it becomes a crucial business for the company.  

Kumar looks forward to have greater impetus in empowering communities through technology and aspires to build this world-class development center to an organization that continues to celebrate diversity of people, business and technology.  

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Topics: Appointments, Leadership

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