Microsoft India finds its leader

Recently, Microsoft India lost its General Manager – Neelam Dhawan to HP.

Now Microsoft India has found her successor in Rajan Anandan from Dell India. Rajan was until recently VP and Country GM for Dell India (appointed on May 17, 2006).. Recently it was reported that he had returned to US ..

A brief profile of Rajan is available at: and is reproduced below:

Rajan Anandan is an active angel investor in the US and in India. Rajan focuses on early stage investments in education, clean technology, internet, software and healthcare. Rajan has invested in several IAN companies including Authorgen, Druvaa, Eurekha and Viedea.

Rajan's professional career has spanned across high technology and management consulting. Most recently Rajan was the Vice President and Country General Manager of Dell in India where he grew the Dell business from $250million to over $800 million and made Dell into the leading player among corporates in India. Prior to leading Dell India he held several leadership roles in Dell International Services Dell's off shoring division. Rajan joined Dell as the Executive Assistant to Chairman Michael Dell.

Prior to joining Dell, Rajan was a Partner with McKinsey & Company in Chicago. At McKinsey he worked with companies across a broad range of industries including technology, industrial and services companies.

Area of Interest:

  • Education

  • Clean technology

  • Internet

  • Software

  • Healthcare

Rajan joins MS India at difficult times when economy is undergoing a lot of stress and the global cues are also negative. India has been a poster child for all MNCs and it will be upto Rajan to carry on this dream for MS India. The traditional problems are reducing piracy rates in the country, gaining favourability in govt space, competition from Google etc.. As mentioned by Ballmer, MS would be readying to take on consumer space seriously with its slew of consumer releases from the Live stable…. MS India would be expected to play an important role as this is the 2nd most populous country in the world!

Rajan will be joining MS India on Sept 1 2008.. the country is watching :)

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