Facebook to shuffle top management of India team, hunt for country head is on

Facebook India team has been operating without a head since November 2017, after Umang Bedi, who was the Managing Director (MD) of the company quit to reportedly start an entrepreneurial venture of his own. The company has been looking out to hire someone to head the Facebook India operation since then. The hunt is still on. Besides looking for country head, Facebook is reportedly planning to rework its top management team of India.

According to reports, several potential candidates have applied for the position of Facebook India head and also appeared for the interview. Some of the candidates are – Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan, Tata Sky CEO Harit Nagpal, Star India MD Sanjay Gupta, and former Karnataka IT Secretary Srivatsa Krishna. Facebook is yet find a suitable match. Alongside hunting for India head, the social media network is also looking to shuffle its top-management team of the country.

According to an internal email sent by Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP of global public policy, and reviewed by the Economic Times, the new Facebook India head will be designated as Managing Director and Vice President (MD & VP), India, and not just MD as was Bedi. The new country head of the social networking site will be reporting to David Fischer, who is Facebook’s Global VP of Business and Marketing partnerships and based out of US headquarters. Previously, the Facebook head used to report to the company’s Asia-Pacific head based in Singapore. Fischer is said to be playing a leading role in hunting for Facebook India head position.

Previous MDs of Facebook India, including Umang Bedi, were reportedly just responsible mostly for sales and didn’t have much of a say in other departments. But now, with the new Facebook India head, things will transform. According to reports, the new Facebook India head will be responsible for global marketing sales, partnerships, policy — except content policy, and communications.

The internal email from Kaplan notes, “India is our fastest-growing market and we’ve concluded as a company that we need to change our organisational structure to set us up for the greatest success”. “There is significant complexity in the market across multiple functions and operating as an integrated business externally in India has proved challenging,” further writes Kalpan.

The internal email further talked about Facebook’s director of public policy, India, South and Central Asia — Ankhi Das and her team. “Ankhi [Das] will have a dotted line to me [Kaplan], and her team will also remain connected to me and our global team – continuing to participate in all of the leadership and other policy meetings – to ensure our strategy in India is aligned with our overall policy objectives,” Kalpan notes.