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Ludhiana Prodigy- Karan Bajwa: From B.Tech Graduate To Google Cloud Head

| Published on March 20, 2020

Yesterday, Google appointed Karan Bajwa as the head of its cloud business in India. And suddenly he earned some eyeballs from the nation who wants to know who he is. However, many people already knew him when he was making headlines in 2016 to be appointed as MD for IBM India.

In a statement released yesterday, Rick Harshman, managing director of Google Cloud in Asia Pacific said, “His experience will be a tremendous asset to Google Cloud’s business, our partners and our customers as we embark on this next phase of growth.

Let’s have a quick look at the journey of Karan Bajwa from a college student to Google Cloud Head.

Early Life

Karan Bajwa hails from Ludhiana industrial capital of Punjab. He did schooling from Ludhiana district of Punjab and graduated from Guru Nanak Engineering College in the same city. After completing his graduation, he started working in the corporate sector.

Professional Life

Karna Bajwa stint with leadership roles began at Cisco, where he worked as a vice president of the company. After working for one-and-a-half years with Cisco, Bajwa switched to Microsoft where he went from being the general manager-public sector in 2007 to heading Microsoft India from 2013 to 2016.

In 2016, Bajwa joined IBM India as Managing Director and held on to that position for four years before announcing his departure in January 2020.

Bajwa led the IBM Support Assistant (ISA) business when there was a visible growing change in the marketplace and was also responsible for scaling up IBM’s mid-market business. He also led IBM’s cloud business, leading the transition at a time when India was new to adapting cloud businesses.

Road Ahead

Yesterday, Karan Bajwa roped in as head of Google cloud business in India where he will be responsible for all the revenue growth as well as the go-to-market operations for Google Cloud’s extensive solution portfolio that includes Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.

He said, “Leveraging cloud computing technology to modernize and scale for growth is on the agenda of almost every enterprise CEO and CIO and Google Cloud is committed to help every organization accelerate their digital transformation.


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