Meta has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the Vice President of its India unit. She is going to head the company’s business in the country. Sandhya Devanathan will succeed Ajit Mohan, who resigned as Indian head recently.

Sandhya Devanathan Meta India

This move comes after various high-profile departures from the company. The company let go of more than 11,000 employees. Sandhya will take over the position from January 1, 2023. Currently, it is being handled by Manish Chopra, Meta India’s director and head of partnerships, who has taken over Mohan’s position on a provisional basis.

What Is Sandhya Devanathan’s Background?

Devanathan completed her undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University in 1994-98. In 1998, she pursued MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, followed by a leadership course from the University of Oxford in 2014.

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She has previously worked in various positions at Citibank from 2000-09 and at Standard Chartered from 2009-15.

She has been a part of the boards of several organizations including the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, the Pepper Financial Services Group, the National Library Board of Singapore, the Singapore Management University, and the Ministry of Information and Communications (Singapore).

When Did Devanathan Join Meta?

Sandhya Devanathan joined Meta in 2016, where she assisted in setting up teams and companies in Vietnam and Singapore, along with supporting Meta’s e-commerce endeavours in South East Asia. Sandhya Devanathan brings to the table an experience of 22 years in banking, technology, and payments.

According to Meta, Devanathan climbed up to “lead gaming for APAC(Asia Pacific)”- one of the largest verticals for Meta globally, in 2020. “She is the Executive Sponsor for Women@APAC at Meta as well as the global lead for Play Forward, a global Meta initiative to improve diversity representation in the gaming industry.”

What Will She Be Responsible For?

According to WION, the firm emphasised,” while continuing to support the long-term expansion of Meta’s business and commitment to India, Devanathan will concentrate on aligning the organisation’s business and revenue goals to serve its partners and clients.”

Meta has briefed that Sandhya Devanathan would look after India’s charter. She will strive towards deepening the strategic ties with major brands, advertisers, partners, and creators to shoot up Meta’s revenue across important channels in India.

As part of a cost-cutting exercise, Meta has fired people, including the employees of the company, in India. The company did not give any warnings or time to the fired employees to find new jobs. The question arises- How many days will Meta survive with these tendencies? Will Devanathan be able to bring back trust?

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