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Microsoft Veteran Sanket Akerkar Joins Akumina as Board MemberMicrosoft Veteran Sanket Akerkar Joins Akumina as Board Member

Akumina has named Microsoft's (MSFT) Sanket Akerkar to its board of directors, responsible for leading the development of the company's InterChange worldwide partner channel.

Michael Cusanelli

September 15, 2015

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Sanket Akerkar GM of Sales Excellence for Microsoft39s Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group
Sanket Akerkar, GM of Sales Excellence for Microsoft's Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group

Akumina has named Microsoft’s (MSFT) Sanket Akerkar to its board of directors, helping in the development of the company’s InterChange worldwide partner channel, among other direction.

As a board member, Akerkar also will help Akumina build its strategic sales and go-to-market strategies surrounding the software solution vendor’s flagship InterChange SharePoint-as-a-service offering, according to the announcement. He will continue to serve in his current role as general manager of Sales Excellence for Microsoft’s Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group in addition to working with Akumina.

“We are lucky to have someone with Sanket’s experience and network within the Microsoft ecosystem working with us to help change how the world works with SharePoint,” said Ali Riaz, chairman of Akumina’s board, in a statement. “InterChange will help ensure SharePoint projects succeed not just technically, but from a user experience and adoption perspective, and we are excited to have Sanket’s assistance in developing this story for the broader Microsoft community.”

Akerkar has served in a number of roles at Microsoft over the past 12 years, including stints as managing director of Microsoft India as well as chief evangelist and vice president of the company’s Developer and Platform Evangelism division. Akumina said it hopes to benefit from Akerkar’s experience across a wide swath of Microsoft initiatives, including his work with channel partners, OEMs and its system builder community.

“I am looking forward to advising on Akumina’s go to market strategy and providing guidance in development of a global channel program,” said Akerkar. “The user experience InterChange delivers will help many of Microsoft’s customers and partners increase end user satisfaction and drive adoption of Microsoft technologies.”

In July, Akumina named former Carbonite (CARB) channel chief David Maffei as chief revenue officer, responsible for managing the company’s direct and channel-focused revenue operations.

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Michael  Cusanelli

Associate Editor, Penton Technology Group, Channel

Michael Cusanelli is the associate editor for Penton Technology’s channel properties, including The VAR Guy, MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. He has written articles and produced video for Newsday.com and is a graduate of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism in New York. In his spare time Michael likes to play video games, watch sci-fi movies and participate in all things nerdy. He can be reached at [email protected]


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