| | AUGUST 20238IN FOCUSFRONTDOOR APPOINTS TECH EXPERT DR. BALA GANESH TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSMICROSOFT NAMES PUNEET CHANDOK TO LEAD INDIA OPERATIONSFrontdoor, Inc., the largest home service plan provider in the country with nearly two million subscribers, stated that Dr. Balakrishnan A. Ganesh was elected as a director of the firm on July 28 with immediate effect after receiving unanimous board approval. "Bala is a very smart, tech savvy, innovation driven executive," said Bill Cobb, Frontdoor's chairman and chief executive officer. "He has a wealth of experience in digital transformation, cybersecurity and product development, especially as it relates to supporting company strategy. He is an outstanding addition to our board and I look forward to working with him closely."Ganesh is a partner with AKF Partners, which offers services for technical due diligence, technology consulting, and interim technology leadership."I am delighted to be joining Frontdoor's board. I am deeply familiar with Frontdoor's business models and technology, and I look forward to helping the company continue the tremendous momentum it's achieved," Ganesh said.Ganesh spent more than 10 years in a range of capacities at United Parcel Service before joining AKF Partners. One of the highlights was when Ganesh oversaw UPS's global technology innovation strategy while serving as vice president of engineering. He was named one of the 100 persons transforming business while serving in this capacity by Business Insider. Ganesh oversaw UPS's technological strategy for aerial drones, robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles as the VP of advanced technology.He oversaw a group of data scientists and marketers to build machine learning prediction models for pricing and other activities as the VP of advanced analytics and revenue management. Ganesh has a PhD in aeronautical engineering, a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA, and a minor in mathematics. He is also a graduate of the Indian National Defence Academy with a bachelor of arts degree. The hiring of Puneet Chandok as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft India and South Asia was made public by Microsoft. He will take over Anant Maheshwari's operating duties as on September 1, 2023. Puneet will be in charge of integrating Microsoft's operations in South Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, with the help of a strong leadership team. This will increase the company's presence in the region and sharpen its focus on key industries through a customer-centric strategy with generative AI at its core."We are delighted to announce that Puneet will be joining Microsoft India," said Ahmed Mazhari, President Microsoft Asia. "Puneet has a strong track record of building and growing technology businesses and leveraging technology to deliver impact and change. As we embrace an AI-led future, Puneet's leadership will play a vital role in ensuring Microsoft's ongoing success in South Asia, and I extend my thanks to Anant Maheshwari for setting us on a growth path."Commenting on his appointment, Puneet Chandok said, "I am inspired by Microsoft's mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As India expands its own digital public infrastructure, I believe that this mission is more relevant here than ever before, and I am thrilled to be joining the One Microsoft team to make this mission a reality.""It has been a privilege to participate in Microsoft India's remarkable growth over the last seven years," said Anant Maheshwari. "I am filled with gratitude for an exceptionally talented team with a strong set of leaders driving this momentum. The Microsoft India team has created a strong foundation of trust and entrepreneurial business models".
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