California-based technology giant Microsoft has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the managing director of Microsoft India Research and Development.
Kumar is expected to build upon the capabilities of the engineering division, said a statement issued by Microsoft.
Kumar was serving as the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices (E+D) Group.
Kumar will be taking over the reins from Anil Bhansali who headed the company for six years. Bhansali will now serve as corporate vice president of cloud and enterprise, relocating to Redmond in the US, the statement added.
Kumar has worked for over 27 years at Microsoft and held various positions at the technology giant such as general manager for the India office and group manager. He had joined Microsoft as a software design engineer in 1992.
Kumar played key roles in developing the enterprise productivity chat app Kaizala and executing Microsoft’s campus hiring programmes in India, the statement said.
Kumar is an Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee alumnus who later went on to study computer science from the University of Texas.
The Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC), part of Microsoft India R&D, is one of the company’s largest R&D centres outside of the US.
The research wing aims to leverage technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to build solutions in healthcare, agriculture and education.
Located in Hyderabad, MSIDC focuses on strategic and software product development.
Microsoft has recently signed several partnerships to facilitate research and impart skills.
Last month, telecom company Reliance Jio Infocomm signed a 10-year partnership with Microsoft to promote connectivity, storage and computer solutions.
In June, IT services giant Infosys collaborated with Microsoft to develop smart-city solutions which harness advanced technologies for the construction, engineering and architectural designs.
In August, Microsoft launched a new centre called the Societal Impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) to work on projects that will have a positive welfare-oriented impact.