Microsoft has named Anant Maheshwari as the new President of its India operations. He will officially begin working at the company on January 1, 2017.

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Maheshwari will take over from Bhaskar Pramanik, who currently has the title of Chairman at Microsoft India. Pramanik will retire from Microsoft as a whole in March 2017. Microsoft added:

Anant Maheshwari joins Microsoft from Honeywell where he was their President for India. In this role he was responsible for the continued growth of India operations across all three strategic business groups of Honeywell: Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), and Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT). An experienced global technology leader with a proven track record, Maheshwari has held various business leadership roles in Honeywell for over 12 years. Among his prior roles, as Managing Director of public listed Honeywell Automation India Ltd. (HAIL), he led the transformation of the ACS business portfolio. He successfully tapped the Asia-Pacific region's high growth potential, adapting its global distribution business model to Asian markets. He also successfully conceptualized and set up the security operations in India for Honeywell.

In his own statement, Maheshwari expressed his own feelings on taking over Microsoft India:

"Microsoft's mission – empowering people and organizations across the planet to do more – is deeply energizing, especially at India's current growth inflection 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 ambition 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."