Pavan Davuluri named Windows and Surface head


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Redmond, Washington

Pavan Davuluri, an IIT-Madras alumnus, has been named the new head of Microsoft Windows and Surface. He will succeed long-time product chief Panos Panay who quit and joined Amazon last year.

Davluluri is the latest Indian to take on a leadership role at a Big Tech company. Davuluri, who has worked for 23 long years with Microsoft, earlier oversaw the Surface group while Mikhail Parakhin headed the Windows department. Now both Windows and Surface will be Davuluri’s responsibility.

An internal memo from Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s head of experiences and devices, said the decision will help the organization to take a “holistic approach” to building its devices and experiences in the AI era.

Davuluri was earlier involved in Microsoft’s work with Qualcomm and AMD to create processors for Surface.

In a recent post on X, he expressed pride in the team’s efforts, announcing the launch of the first-ever #Surface AI PCs designed exclusively for business: Surface Pro 10 for Business and Surface Laptop 6 for Business. He commended the team for their work in bringing these devices and experiences to fruition for customers.

Davuluri now joins the ranks of prominent Indian-origin leaders in major tech companies worldwide. Notable figures include Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, Satya Nadella,  CEO of Microsoft, Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, Nikesh Arora of Palo Alto Networks, Neal Mohan from YouTube, and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe.

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