Microsoft appoints IIT-Madras alumnus Pavan Davuluri to lead Windows

Davuluri, an alumnus of IIT Madras, has been associated with Microsoft for over 23 years. He joined the company in 2001 and has held various positions, including Corporate Vice President overseeing Windows Silicon and Systems Integration.

| Updated: 26 March, 2024 2:41 pm IST
Pavan Davuluri to lead Windows

NEW DELHI: Pavan Davuluri, an IIT Madras graduate, has been appointed as the new head of Microsoft Windows and Surface following the departure of Panos Panay to Amazon. This appointment marks Davuluri’s entry into the league of Indians heading major US tech companies.

Davuluri, an alumnus of IIT Madras, has been associated with Microsoft for over 23 years. He joined the company in 2001 and has held various positions, including Corporate Vice President overseeing Windows Silicon and Systems Integration.

The appointment comes after Panay’s exit from Microsoft last year. Microsoft split the Windows and Surface groups, each under separate leadership. Davuluri, who previously oversaw Surface silicone work, now assumes responsibility for both Windows and Surface.

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In an internal letter obtained by The Verge, Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s head of experience and devices, announced Davuluri’s new role. The letter highlighted organizational changes within the Windows and Web Experiences team, with Mikhail Parakhin transitioning to explore new roles under Kevin Scott’s supervision.

Under Davuluri’s leadership, the Windows and Surface teams aim to take a holistic approach to building silicon, systems, experiences, and devices that span Windows client and cloud for the AI era. This integration aligns with Microsoft’s objective of incorporating AI products like Copilot into E+D products and services.

Davuluri’s promotion underscores Microsoft’s commitment to innovation and leadership continuity. With his extensive experience and technical expertise, Davuluri is poised to lead Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Surface devices teams into the future.

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In a statement, Davuluri expressed pride in the team’s efforts and commitment to delivering exceptional products and experiences for customers. His appointment reflects Microsoft’s strategic focus on advancing technology and enhancing customer experiences in the AI era.

The Windows shake-up occurred days after Mustafa Suleyman joined as Microsoft AI CEO. Several Inflection AI employees, including co-founder Karén Simonyan, also joined Microsoft AI. This strategic move is viewed as a talent acquisition strategy to bypass regulatory scrutiny.

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