IBM Hires Ex-Microsoft MD Karan Bajwa

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 05, 2016


Karan Bajwa, the former managing director of Microsoft, has now joined enterprise IT major IBM.

He was in charge of sales and marketing operations of Microsoft. He quit the company in June and joined IBM within a month of stepping down.

According to a report in The Economic Times, a Microsoft Spokesperson confirmed that Bajwa was leaving Microsoft to “pursue an opportunity outside Microsoft.”

Bajwa served as managing director for Microsoft’s sales and marketing group for a period of 9 years. He joined Microsoft in 2007 and was appointed Managing Director of sales and marketing operations in 2013. He was instrumental in establishing Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 business in India. 

Both Microsoft and IBM compete in the Indian IT market place for enterprise IT deals. The appointment of Karan Bajwa is expected to boost sale of IBM products and solutions in India.

According to a statement in BusinessLine, Karan Bajwa would be the second in command reporting to Vanitha Narayanan, managing director of IBM India.

Bajwa has a long history in the IT industry and he’s spent over 25 years working for the likes of CISCO and IBM before joining Microsoft. Earlier, Bajwa had a stint with IBM and was based out of Singapore.

He’s worked on business development and marketing as well as on building strategic partnerships with platform and channel partners. He has also worked with the telecommunication and system builder community.

IBM aims to enhance transformational deals in India with the appointment of Karan Bajwa.