Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the appointment of Chakrapani GK as the head of Consumer Channels Group (CCG), India. The group will operationally consolidate all of Microsoft’s consumer products and channels across retail, operator channels and OEMs.
Welcoming him, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman – Microsoft India said, “At Microsoft we are focused on three sets of customers: Businesses, Advertisers and Consumers. And today in the consumer space with Windows Phone, Windows 7, XBox, Kinect and Microsoft Office, we have a very exciting set of offerings and committed channels to reach them. Chakrapani brings with him extensive experience in the ICT industry and deep understanding of how to create scale in an emerging market. Under his leadership, we expect to deliver great devices, services and software to the Indian consumer.”
Commenting on his appointment Chakrapani said, “It is incredibly exciting to work with one of the most revered brands in the technology industry. I am looking forward to working with industry and channel partners to leverage Microsoft’s consumer products to meet the growing needs and aspirations of millions of Indian consumers”.
Chakrapani brings over 19 years of experience with him. Until recently, he was with Nokia as Director for the Mobile Financial Services business, focusing on driving the Go-To-Market strategy and expansion in Asia after initially establishing the business in India. In his previous role with Nokia, Chakrapani served as Country General Manager for the Enterprise Solutions Business Unit in India and led the team to establish the smartphone and Eseries business in India. Prior to this, he has held several sales, marketing and business management roles for large solution providers including Datacraft (now Dimension Data). Chakrapani has also spent three years as an entrepreneur founding and managing an ecommerce startup; Office Infinity during 2000-2002.