1988 - B.Tech - Computer Science Executive Vice President @ Office Product Group, Microsoft Corp., USA
Shri Rajesh Jha received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1988, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990. He serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Jagran Foundation in Bellevue, Washington. He is the holder of multiple patents from his early days as a software engineer.
Shri Jha joined Microsoft in 1990, developing multiple product releases with the Microsoft Works team. He moved on to create multimedia technologies in the Consumer Division and, as a Director of Development, worked for several years developing early versions of cloud-delivered services. Continuing on his path of success in the company, Mr. Jha then became the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Outlook. He oversaw the early planning, subsequent execution and scale-out of the cloud-based commercial services that grew into Microsoft Office 365.
As Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Office Product Group, Shri Jha leads the development and service engineering teams for Microsoft Office – spanning Office 365, Office applications, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype, Project and OneNote. Most recently, he served as Corporate Vice President, leading teams that helped reinvent productivity and collaboration, including delivering Office 365 cross platform and through the cloud. Office 365 is one of the fastest-growing commercial services in the industry, and is used by businesses, governments and educational institutions worldwide, providing powerful security controls, advanced analytics, and voice communication. Office 365 provides industry leading productivity, communication and collaboration services that are used by hundreds of millions of users on their PCs or mobile devices – secure, trusted and powered by intelligence to allow users to achieve more. By pioneering new online services, Shri Jha and his team are at the forefront of enabling Microsoft Corporation’s transformation to a mobile-first, cloud-first world a reality.
For his exceptional business acumen coupled with innovations in software and productivity systems, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Shri Rajesh Jha.