Dinesh Wadhawan of Microsoft is set to join Times Internet Ltd as CEO from February 13. He will be replacing Mahendra Swarup, who was recently shifted (albeit temporarily) to oversee Private Treaties, a part of the Times Group’s Response division. Senior sources at Times Group have confirmed the development. Wadhawan has quit as Managing Director of Siebel Alliance, a global alliance between Microsoft and Siebel Systems Inc. in the US. He has over 22 years of global experience in sales, business development and marketing.
Siebel Alliance plays an important role in providing solutions that help organisations optimise their people, processes and technology to achieve superior performance and maximising return on investment. The company has covered more than 4,000 organisations in the areas of customer relationship management, business intelligence, and customer data integration solutions.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Wadhawan was President & CEO of Paramark Inc., a developer of real-time optimisation technology for online marketing campaigns, and had led the Sunnyvale, California-based company to an industry position. The Paramark team has helped develop technology and business strategy at Microsoft, McKinsey, PepsiCo, Netscape, among others.
Wadhawan also had a stint with Zembu, a company specialising in distributed application platform computing, as COO. He was responsible for all areas of operations, including sales, marketing, business development, consulting and general management.
Before joining Zembu, Wadhawan was Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Sales and Services, Vicinity Corporation. At Vicinity, he had played a key role in growing revenues, expanding international operations, leading the company through a successful IPO and overseeing the operations as a public company.
Wadhawan has also worked for companies like Systems Union, a mid-market enterprise software company in the US, and UK-based Systime Ltd, one of the largest OEMs of Digital Equipment Corporation. He has also held management positions at Blue Star Ltd, a division of Hewlett-Packard, and Hindustan Computers Ltd, one of the largest computer manufacturers in India.