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Karan Bajwa

Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited

  • Karan Bajwa






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Karan Bajwa is Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India/South Asia (ISA). Appointed to this leadership position in January 2017, Karan is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  He will be responsible for the revenue, signings and will also have responsibility for the company’s P&L in the region.  He will lead the ISA team to win new business, shape market opportunities by building alliances and partnerships and solidify the company’s position in the marketplace. 

Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement. Under his leadership, Microsoft India achieved several milestones and recognition, both internally and externally. Prior to that he has served in various roles in Microsoft, Cisco and IBM. Karan brings with him an excellent understanding of enterprises as well as insight into the Indian public sector, having led the teams for these businesses for Microsoft for 6 years prior to being appointed MD.

Karan has spent almost 28 years in the IT and telecom industry, working for organizations like Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM. At Cisco, he handled various roles spanning the organization including Services, Business Development in the APAC region; and also had a successful stint as the head of the Public Sector Business for Cisco India. At IBM Singapore from 2001-2006 as the head for the Networking Business for ASEAN region, Karan was responsible for transforming the Networking business across the seven countries in the region.

An electronics engineer by training, Karan has a high amount of personal energy and drive and believes in leading from the front. While driving the business, he maintains a balance between strategy and tactics and is extremely focused on team building.

Karan is actively engaged in the startup ecosystem to learn the new economy and is also an angel investor with early positions in FindYahan (now Zimmber), NewBytes and TheManCompany.