Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman and corporate vice-president of India operations of software major Microsoft, has resigned from his position at the firm to pursue other opportunities.  Various media reports, quoting a statement from Microsoft, said a successor is expected to be announced soon. Venkatesan was with Microsoft India for seven years.

Venkatesan told Wall Street Journal that "he's taking a sabbatical for a few months to work on a book on why so few multinational companies have built a sizable business in India and what the lessons are from those that succeeded."

“Ravi came to Microsoft India at a very critical time. He has since architected our growth, making this among the fastest growing markets for us. He has laid a strong foundation which, I believe, will help us to continue our business successes,” said Microsoft International President Jean-Philippe Courtois in the statement. Venkatesan was responsible for Microsoft’s marketing, operational and business development efforts in India.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Venkatesan worked for over 17 years with Cummins Inc, the $10.8-billion US-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of engines and related technologies. He served as Chairman of Cummins India Limited and Managing Director of Tata Cummins Limited, a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Tata Motors.

Venkatesan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), an MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (1986) and a MBA from Harvard University (1992) where he was a Baker Scholar.

Venkatesan is also a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a Director on the Board of Thermax Ltd and a member of the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and IIIT-Bangalore.

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