Zoom appoints former Microsoft exec Ricky Kapur as APAC head

Zoom appoints former Microsoft exec Ricky Kapur as APAC head
Ricky Kapur
29 Jun, 2021

San Jose, California headquartered communications platform Zoom has announced the appointment of Ricky Kapur as head for Asia-Pacific (APAC). In his new role, Kapur will report to Zoom’s head of international, Abe Smith.

The appointment, effective June 21, will see Kapur lead Zoom’s go-to-market strategy for key APAC markets including Australia and New Zealand, India, ASEAN, China, Hong Kong SAR, Korea and Taiwan.

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 The appointment is important for Zoom’s intent to capitalise on the next phase of expansion in the region.

“APAC is a critical region for Zoom, as we invest in infrastructure and expand the presence of our sales, marketing, and research and development teams to best enable organizations of all sizes with seamless and reliable video communications,” said Abe Smith, head of international at Zoom in a statement issued by the company.

Kapur joins Zoom from Microsoft where he was vice president of sales and marketing operations for APAC till recently. Kapur has also held key positions at Google and Oracle prior to his five and a half year stint at Microsoft. 

“Zoom has scaled its operations and business impressively across APAC markets, announcing a Technology Centre in India and a Research and Development Centre in Singapore within the past year,” said Kapur on his appointment in the statement. He further added, “I am excited to join a company that continues to redefine the way organizations and individuals connect, from breaking barriers for education and healthcare with virtual-learning and telehealth to becoming critical technology for enterprises as they quickly evolved and adapted to a hybrid working model.”

In July 2020, Zoom had announced setting up its technology centre at Bengaluru in India. The company also operates two data centres in Mumbai and Hyderabad.