Microsoft Makes a Big Change in Pakistan Leadership

Microsoft has appointed Abid Zaidi as the Country Manager for Pakistan, effective 1 August, and he has since joined the regional leadership team.

Zaidi joined Microsoft in 2007 and has held senior roles over the past ten years, including commercial segment lead and, most recently, enterprise director for Pakistan. During his tenure, he has focused on building customer success, most recently through developing strategies for digital transformation within our enterprise customers.

Prior to Microsoft, Zaidi worked at Unisys and NCR, and has a career spanning over sixteen years, with experience in both Pakistan and internationally.

Abid is a results-driven business leader with strong sales and business management experience, and a proven track record in managing high performing teams. He takes on the leadership for Microsoft’s business in Pakistan at a crucial time in the Company’s transformation.

“I am excited to take up this role at the time when Microsoft, our customers, and the industry is transforming more rapidly than ever before,” says Zaidi. “This is a great opportunity to build a culture centered around our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and to have a lasting impact in Pakistan and the broader region. I am committed to building success for our customers, partners, governments and communities”.

Zaidi has an MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He will continue to be based at the Microsoft office in Karachi in his new role.

He takes over the reins from Shahzad Khan who has been leading the Pakistan team in recent months. Khan moves to a new regional role within Microsoft as the Small Medium Corporate Lead, covering thirteen countries, spanning from North Africa all the way to Pakistan. Shahzad will be responsible for driving true channel transformation and tap into the full potential of the small, medium and corporate segments in the region, the fastest growing segment across these markets. He brings with him the expertise and seniority needed for leading this organization.

New Global Commercial Operating Model:

These changes form part of Microsoft’s new global commercial and consumer operating model, aimed at ensuring the right resources for the right customer at the right time to drive both customer and partner success, to help them in their Digital Transformation journey and continues to build on Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to Pakistan.