Microsoft has announced a significant leadership change as Pavan Davuluri takes the helm as Corporate Product Chief, succeeding Panos Panay. This transition places Davuluri in a pivotal position as he will be reporting directly to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella.
In parallel, Panay is set to join Amazon to head the unit responsible for the company’s Alexa and Echo products, stepping into the role previously held by David Limp, who plans to retire this year. Panos Panay, after nearly two decades at Microsoft, during which he played a crucial role in creating the Surface line of computers and overseeing the launch of Windows 11, steps down.
This leadership shift comes as Microsoft holds its product launch event, where new additions to the Surface lineup are anticipated, alongside the unveiling of the company’s latest AI innovations.
Pavan Davuluri, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and the University of Maryland, has been an integral part of Microsoft since the early stages of his career, starting in 2001 as a Reliability Component Manager.
His most recent role before this promotion was as Corporate Vice President, overseeing Windows Silicon and Systems Integration. In his new role, Davuluri is tasked with leading a team focused on the development of silicon and systems.
Davuluri will play a key role in Microsoft’s emphasis on integrating generative AI into its wide array of products, spanning cloud services, search, and productivity software. This highlights the company’s commitment to advancing technology in an increasingly AI-driven world.