Google hires former Disney and Star govt to go its India enterprise

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Google mentioned on Friday it has appointed Sanjay Gupta, a former high govt with Disney India and Star, because the supervisor and vp of gross sales and operations for its India enterprise.

Gupta can 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 serious push within the digital shoppers enterprise by way 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 serious cricket season earlier this 12 months, Hotstar claimed that greater than 100 million customers have been having fun with its service every day and greater than 300 million have been doing so every month. (Fb roped in Ajit Mohan, the previous chief govt of Hotstar, to go its India operations late final 12 months.) Gupta additionally held high govt roles at different firms together with Bharti Airtel telecom community.

Sanjay Gupta, a former high govt at Disney and Star, is now the pinnacle of Google’s India enterprise

In a press release, Gupta mentioned, “it’s an thrilling alternative to leverage the facility of know-how 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 hitch the passionate groups throughout Google and sit 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 quickly taking up the position. For Google, this was the newest 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 that resolve native issues and tackle limitations which are hindering progress in these markets.

In a press release, Scott Beaumont, President of Google APAC, mentioned firm’s operation in India “is essential and strategic for its personal sake but in addition for the innovation which then feeds breakthroughs elsewhere in Google.”

Gupta may also need to oversee some main challenges, together with the quick progress of Fb’s commercial enterprise in India and an antitrust problem with the native regulator.

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