After 8 months of waiting, Google has announced former Star and Disney head Sanjay Gupta as the replacement for Rajan Anandan who quit as the Country Manager for Google India. Gupta will also serve as Vice President of Sales and Operations for India.
Rajan Anandan left for Sequoia Capital in last April.
Gupta will assume office early next year and will be based out of Mumbai working closely with the teams based in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
Gupta said that he is delighted to take on the challenge of leading and shaping Google’s charter in India. "It is an exciting opportunity to leverage the power of technology to solve some of India’s unique challenges and make Internet an engine of economic growth for people and communities. I am happy to join the passionate teams across Google and look forward to contributing to India’s digital journey as it becomes an innovation hub for the world.”
Gupta played a huge role in Star to turn it into India’s largest media company and carved a digital footprint with Hotstar, the country’s largest OTT platform.
Scott Beaumont, President of APAC, Google said “Our ongoing engagement in India is a source of pride for both our Googlers in India but also around the world. Our Indian operation is important and strategic for its own sake but also for the innovation which then feeds breakthroughs elsewhere in Google. We are delighted to have Sanjay join us. We are excited to combine his expertise, experience and leadership with our teams and build further on our existing efforts in this highly dynamic, competitive and exciting digital economy, looking to build a more helpful and inclusive Internet for everyone in India.”