On Thursday, Sandhya Devanathan was appointed is the new Meta India head. Officially, she has been appointed in the role of Vice President of Meta India, a profile which would make hear the head of the business in India. The update comes after former Vice President Ajit Mohan resigned earlier on November 3, vacating the space for the University of Oxford student. For the unversed, Meta Platforms, formerly named Facebook, Inc, owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp among other products.
The company’s Chief Business Officer Marne Levine issued a statement welcoming Sandhya which read – “I’m pleased to welcome Sandhya as our new leader for India. Sandhya has a proven track record of scaling businesses, building exceptional and inclusive teams, driving product innovation and building strong partnerships. We are thrilled to have her lead Meta’s continued growth in India.”
Sandhya’s new role will see hear lead the company’s India unit and help its relationships with country’s brands be stronger than ever. Further, she will also play strategic roles in Meta’s relations with content creators, advertisers, and partners, three avenues which helps Meta in gaining revenue.
With over two decades of experience in banking, payments and technology, Sandhya did her BTech from Andhra University, MBA from DU, and did leadership course in Oxford. She has worked with Citigroup, Standard Chartered and has been with Meta since 2016.
The Facts of the Matter
On Thursday, tech giant Meta announced a new face that would lead its Indian charter. Sandhya Devanathan, who has been with Meta since 2016, will be taking the seat of Vice President of Meta India, a role which would make her the head of Meta India. She will be taking over the baton from former Vice President Ajit Mohan, who resigned earlier on November 3.
Meta announced the appointment of Sandhya Devanathan as the Vice President of Meta India.
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Meta Welcomes Sandhya Devanathan
Sandhya’s appointment comes at a time when major tech giants are conducting massive purges and laying off employees in the pursuit of curbing cash burn and generating revenue.
Earlier this month, Meta India’s director of public policy, Rajig Aggarwal resigned the company. Further, Meta owned WhatsApp India’s head Abhijit Bose too resigned the company this month. Moreover, the company laid off as many as over 11,000 people from across the world.
Welcoming Sandhya to Meta India’s VP position, Marne Levine, Chief Business Office was quoted saying, “Sandhya has a proven track record of scaling businesses, building exceptional and inclusive teams, driving product innovation and building strong partnerships. We are thrilled to have her lead Meta’s continued growth in India.”
Who is Sandhya Devanathan, the new Meta India Head?
With a career spanning over two decades sprawled in technology, banking and payments, Sandhya has worked with major banks and tech companies. She was employed with Citibank (May 2000 to December 2009) and Standard Chartered (December 2009 to December 2015).
Along with working with major tech and banking players, Sandhya has also been on the boards of organizations including Women’s Forum for Economy and Society, National Library Board of Singapore, Pepper Financial Services Group, Ministry of Information and Communications (Singapore).
Her Time Spent & Work Done at Meta
Sandhya joined meta back in 2016 and her stint with the Mark Zuckerberg-owned platform started with assisting the company in establishing teams in Singapore and Vietnam. She also spearheaded the company’s e-commerce efforts in all Southeast Asia.
Meta in its brief has stated that Sandhya “also brings a passion for developing women leaders in business and 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.”
Sandhya Devanathan, Education & Qualification
Sandhya completed her B Tech from Andhra University (1994-1998), and then did an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, DU (1998-2000). While working for major bank and tech players, she also did a leadership course from Oxford in 2014.