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Months after many top executives including India Chief Sunil Mahale left the company, the hyper-converged infrastructure superstar has appointed Balakrishnan Anantharaman as its new Vice President and Managing Director of Sales for India.

In this role, Anantharaman will be responsible for the Nutanix’s business in India and drive the efforts to expand the company’s focus to larger enterprises in the region, said a statement.

Before joining Nutanix, Anantharaman was Head of Amazon Web Services’ Financial Services and Manufacturing Verticals for the Large Enterprise Business in India. Prior to that, he spent 8 years at Dell EMC in a variety of senior sales and leadership roles before finally becoming Senior Director, Global Services Lead.

“We took the decision early on to wait for the right calibre of candidate, but the wait has been worth it. The team, our customers and our partners are all relishing the opportunities ahead and have already communicated their immense satisfaction with our choice of leader,” said Neville Vincent, VP, South Asia Pacific at Nutanix.

In less than a year, top executives at Nutanix including its president Sudheesh Nair, Channel Chief Rodney Foreman, chief product and development officer Sunil Potti, India Channel Chief Amarish Karnik, India Chief Sunil Mahale among others left the company.

In May 2019, the share of the company plummeted almost 35%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, after it delivered mixed fiscal third-quarter results and disappointing forward guidance. The analysts attributed the cause to the company’s weak forecast, “emptied pipeline” and too few additions to the sales team.

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