Google mentioned on Friday it has appointed Sanjay Gupta, a former prime govt with Disney India and Star, because the supervisor and vp of gross sales and operations for its India enterprise.
Gupta will probably be changing Rajan Anandan, who left the corporate to serve VC fund Sequoia Capital India as a managing director in April this 12 months.
Gupta served as a managing director at Disney India and Star (which now Disney owns) earlier than becoming a member of the Android -maker. He helped Star make a significant push within the digital shoppers enterprise by means of video streaming service Hotstar, the place he aggressively labored on partnerships and licensing for cricket rights and different content material.
Hotstar has cashed in on the recognition of cricket — throughout a significant cricket season earlier this 12 months, Hotstar claimed that greater than 100 million customers had been having fun with its service every day and greater than 300 million had been doing so every month. (Fb roped in Ajit Mohan, the previous chief govt of Hotstar, to move its India operations late final 12 months.) Gupta additionally held prime govt roles at different corporations together with Bharti Airtel telecom community.
In an announcement, Gupta mentioned, “it’s an thrilling alternative to leverage the ability of expertise to unravel a few of India’s distinctive challenges and make Web an engine of financial progress for individuals and communities. I’m joyful to affix the passionate groups throughout Google and stay up for contributing to India’s digital journey because it turns into an innovation hub for the world.”
When Anandan, a long-time influential and extensively revered Google govt, left the corporate earlier this 12 months, Google mentioned Vikas Agnihotri, who’s the director of gross sales for the agency’s India operations, can be briefly taking up the function. For Google, this was the most recent in a collection of excessive profile departures in Asia. Karim Temsamani, head of Asia Pacific (APAC) at Google, additionally left the corporate earlier this 12 months.
At the same time as India contributes little to Google’s backside line, the corporate has grown more and more centered on India and different Asian markets to develop services and products that clear up native issues and tackle limitations which might be hindering progress in these markets.
In an announcement, Scott Beaumont, President of Google APAC, mentioned firm’s operation in India “is essential and strategic for its personal sake but additionally for the innovation which then feeds breakthroughs elsewhere in Google.”
Gupta will even need to oversee some main challenges, together with the quick progress of Fb’s commercial enterprise in India and an antitrust challenge with the native regulator.