Google appoints Karan Bajwa to lead its Cloud business in India

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Google on Wednesday announced it has appointed former IBM executive, Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of Google Cloud in India.
Bajwa will be responsible for driving all revenue and go-to-market operations for Google Cloud’s portfolio that includes Google Cloud Platform and G Suite, a statement said.

Bajwa is a long-time industry veteran and a senior leader with over three decades of leadership experience.

Bajwa will be responsible for driving all revenue and go-to-market operations for Google Cloud’s extensive solution portfolio that includes Google Cloud Platform and G Suite in the country.

“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,” Rick Harshman, Managing Director of Google Cloud in Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

Some of Google Cloud customers in India include Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Indiamart, Hero Motocorp, ICICI Prudential, L&T Finance, LIC HFL, Manipal Hospitals, OYO Hotels and Homes, Truecaller and Wipro.

Earlier this month, the company announced its plans to expand its presence in India by launching a cloud region in Delhi, adding to its Mumbai region which was opened in 2017.

Bajwa joins Google Cloud from IBM where he served as managing director for India and South Asia.

“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 helping every organization accelerate their digital transformation,” said Bajwa.

Tweeter handle of Google Cloud India welcomed Bajwa with the tweet saying, “We are pleased to welcome @KaranBajwa_IN, a veteran in successfully building & growing enterprise businesses, as the newly appointed Managing Director of #GoogleCloud”

According to a report published by the tech circle, Cloud computing was a $9 billion revenue business at Google Cloud for the calendar year 2019, significantly smaller compared to rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

AWS, Seattle headquartered Amazon’s cloud computing arm, reported $9 billion in revenues for the December 2019 quarter alone, which makes its 3.5 times the size of Google Cloud. Redmond headquartered Microsoft clocked more than $9 billion during the December 2019 quarter in Azure revenues. This includes the cloud subscription revenue of Microsoft’s Office 365 and other products, which are available on the cloud.

Google Cloud has seen some top-level churn in India. Last September, country director Nitin Bawankule left to join Disney’s video streaming platform Hotstar as the head of ad sales. The position has been lying vacant since then.

The tech circle report said that while Google Cloud’s India revenues are not known, the company is a strong player in this market behind AWS and Azure. Bawankule was previously the company’s director for eCommerce and classifieds, indicating his lack of immediate experience in working with enterprise markets.

Google’s products such as search, mail and maps command about 90% of the India market as does the mobile software operating system, Android, which runs most smartphones in the country. The company along with social media giant Facebook controls the country’s internet advertising market as well.

Under the new global CEO Thomas Kurian, who joined the company from enterprise giant Oracle a year ago, Google Cloud has been on an acquisition and hiring spree. On Thursday, it acquired Cornerstone Technology, which helps enterprises to migrate to Google Cloud.

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