Albers School of Business and Economics
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Avijit Sinha

Senior Program Manager
Microsoft Corporation

Company Description

At Microsoft, we're motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. We run our business in much the same way, and believe our five business segments offer the greatest potential to serve our customers. They are: 1. Client: Includes the Windows product family and is responsible for our relationships with personal computer manufacturers. 2. Server and Tools: Software server products, services and solutions, including: Windows Server operating system, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Enterprise Services, Visual Studio, System Center products, Forefront security products and Biz Talk Server. 3. Online Services Business: Consists of an online advertising platform with offerings for publishers and advertisers, personal communications services such as e-mail and instant messaging, and online information offerings such as Live Search and the MSN portals and channels. 4. Microsoft Business Division: Includes the Microsoft Office suites, desktop programs, servers, and services and solutions; Microsoft Dynamics; and Unified Communications business solutions. 5. Entertainment and Devices Division: Consists of the Xbox video game system, including consoles and accessories, Xbox Live operations, Zune digital music and entertainment device; Mediaroom, mobile and embedded device platforms, Surface computing platform, and Windows Automotive. We are committed long term to the mission of helping our customers realize their full potential. Just as we constantly update and improve our products, we want to continually evolve our company to be in the best position to accelerate new technologies as they emerge and to better serve our customers.

Job Description

Senior Program Manager in the Office Mobile Group driving the partnership with Nokia wherein the two companies collaborate on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals. Additional press materials and photos can be found at www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/aug09/08-12PixiPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases

Employment History

Avijit joined Microsoft in 2001 and has taken on diverse technology development and partner engagement roles in the Windows, Office and Corporate R&D groups during his Microsoft tenure. Currently Avijit is a Senior Program Manager in the Office Mobile Group driving technical aspects of a strategic partnership with Nokia. Prior to this role, Avijit led a team in Redmond and Microsoft subsidiaries, responsible for Worldwide Partner Engagements, Field Readiness, Product Deployment, Solution Integration, Operations and Support areas for Mobile Phones and Subscription Computing efforts targeted at emerging markets. He planned and executed market trials in partnership with Mobile Operators in Latin America, Asia Pacific, South East Asia, Greater China Region, Europe and Middle East. His team drove product integration efforts across a wide spectrum of domains ranging from Subscription Computing, mobile phones, internet cafés, education and Ultra-Low-Cost PCs with regional government agencies, OEMs, mobile operators, banks, payment service providers, retailers, iCafe operators and NGOs. These initiatives involved a blend of new product incubation in a start-up environment along with innovative new business, distribution and revenue models (licensing, subscription, pay-as-you-go, ad subsidized, micro-payments) created specifically for emerging markets. To manage these diverse worldwide projects, Avijit established and institutionalized scalable processes and project management framework to successfully collaborate across multiple functional domains (engineering, operations, marketing, business development, finance, legal, licensing & support) on opportunity analysis, product positioning, financial modeling, field engagement, contracts development, technology deployment and after-sales support. Avijit travelled extensively across the world to manage these global initiatives with Microsoft partners. Prior to this role Avijit was a Program Manager in the Windows division where he managed international product development teams spread across the US, India, Japan and Canada. Avijit also managed Microsoft’s technical relationships with key imaging equipment manufacturers such as Canon, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Ricoh, Epson, Brother and Lexmark. Avijit represented Microsoft at several industry conferences as part of this role.

Education

Seattle University MBA, Finance, Marketing, Strategy, 2009
Clemson University Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 2000
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Bachelor of Technology, 1998

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Weekday nights or weekend mornings; location flexible.