Hyderabad, September 9, 2019: Microsoft today announced the appointment of Rajiv Kumar as the new Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL). Currently Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices (E+D) Group, Rajiv is taking on this added responsibility from Anil Bhansali, who held this role for the last six years. Anil will continue as the Corporate Vice President of Cloud & Enterprise and will be relocating to Redmond, USA.
Rajiv has a track record of strong people leadership, innovation and sharp business acumen, founded in engineering excellence all along in his 27-year long career at Microsoft. He is known as a leader that creates clarity of vision, generates energy in the team and delivers success. Over the years he has innovated on a variety of products and built large world class engineering organizations rooted in the foundation of a strong culture of Microsoft.
Among Rajiv’s recent key contributions to Microsoft are Kaizala (an enterprise productivity chat app) & bootstrapping the campus hiring program in India resulting in Microsoft hiring the best talent from premier engineering colleges in India.
Rajiv holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee and a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin. He joined Microsoft, Redmond 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.
As the Managing Director, Rajiv is expected to further build upon the capability of the engineering division and reinforce the culture of inclusion, innovation and collaboration. A special area of focus, which Rajiv is very passionate about, is to have greater impetus in empowering communities through technology. Rajiv aspires to build this world-class development center to an organization that continues to celebrate diversity of people, business and technology.
Microsoft India Development Center (IDC) in MIRPL is one of Microsoft’s largest R&D centers outside the Redmond headquarters. 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. Using the power of technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, Microsoft is contributing (among other aspects) to building solutions for empowering emerging markets like India in areas like healthcare, agriculture and education.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 9,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian start-ups, businesses, and government organizations. In 2016, Microsoft opened one of its eight Cybersecurity Engagement Centers in the country, to address security needs of both public and private sectors.