Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik


Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik is the Chairman of Microsoft India responsible for overseeing Microsoft's sales, marketing, and services subsidiary, provides overall leadership on all Microsoft assets in India, and also leads Microsoft's interactions with policymakers. Currently, he lives in Gurgaon with his wife and two children.


Mr. Pramanik completed his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, and later attended the Stanford University's Advanced Marketing Management Program. Since then, he has been actively involved with the Indian IT industry. He has worked in several senior management positions in companies like Digital Equipment India Ltd., Blue Star Ltd., and NELCO. While serving as the Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, at Digital Equipment India Ltd., he was part of the original Country Management Team responsible for setting up the joint venture in India. He later became the Director of Enterprise Sales (Asia-Pacific) in Singapore.

He led Sun Microsystems for 13 years as the MD, where he also served as the Global VP, Commercial Systems, at the U.S. HQ. From 1997 to 2008, he was the President of Sun's India operations. On 1st April 2010, he became the Managing Director of Oracle India only to leave it in less than a year, on 28 March 2011, to join as the Chairman of Microsoft India. In his current role, he reports directly to Jean-Philippe Courtois who is currently the President of Microsoft International. Mr. Pramanik is also a member of various committees in CII, MAIT, NASSCOM.

With over 35 years of IT industry experience, Mr. Pramanik is a regular speaker on computer & telecom related subjects at public forums and industry meetings. He is known for his outstanding managerial skills. He leads by setting his own example and has earned the respect of his colleagues as well as his competitors. In addition to his analytical incisiveness, his success in managing companies is known to be steeped in his social awareness, human understanding, and human relationships. Besides work, he has a keen interest in photography and reading.

Achievements and Honors

  • Member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM.
  • Sun Leadership award by Sun Microsystems.
  • Former Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka.