Yet Another Indian gets the top post in America

IIT Madras alumni Pavan Davuluri has been appointed as the new head of Microsoft Windows and Surface.

Mar 26, 2024 - 13:20
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Yet Another Indian gets the top post in America

IIT Madras alumni Pavan Davuluri has been appointed as the new head of Microsoft Windows and Surface. Davuluri assumed the role following the departure of Panos Panay, who previously led the department. Notably, Microsoft had split the Windows and Surface groups, each under separate leadership. Previously, Davuluri oversaw Surface silicone work while Mikhail Parakhin led the Windows department. However, with Parakhin’s wish to explore “new roles”, Davuluri has taken responsibility for both Windows and Surface.
Davuluri has an Indian connection. He graduated from the prestigious IIT Madras. With his new position, he joins the ranks of Indians in leadership roles in tech companies in the US, alongside figures like Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella, amongst others.
In an internal letter by Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s head of experience and devices, which was obtained by The Verge, Parakhin’s departure and Davuluri’s new role were announced. Davuluri will now report to Jha. “As part of this change, we are bringing together the Windows Experiences and Windows + Devices teams as a core part of the Experiences + Devices (E+D) division. This will enable us to take a holistic approach to building silicon, systems, experiences, and devices that span Windows client and cloud for this AI era. Pavan Davuluri will lead this team and continue to report to me. Shilpa Ranganathan and Jeff Johnson and their teams will report directly to Pavan. The Windows team will continue to work closely with the Microsoft AI team on AI, silicon, and experiences,” he wrote.
Davuluri has been associated with Microsoft for over 23 years now. After his post-graduation from the University of Maryland, where he completed his MS, Davuluri joined Microsoft as the Reliability Component Manager.

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