Google enhances focus in India, appoints senior executives


GoogleIn a bid to strengthen its local teams in India, technology giant Google is making new appointments at senior leadership roles in the country.

It has made several new hiring at its India leadership team and also planning to build the local team for Facebook and WhatsApp.

Google relocated Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director at the company for Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and new emerging markets, to Bengaluru as head of payments and access service in India. It has also brought back Ambarish Kenghe from Flipkart-owned Myntra to head product development for its UPI-based payment platform, Google Pay (previously Tez).

Kenghe had joined e-commerce platform Myntra in 2015 as its chief product officer. He was the co-founder and head-product management for Google’s Chromecast and based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

 The brand has increased its focus in India and for the first time in its fifteen years journey in the country, it has made so many key appointments in senior leadership roles.

Further, Pankaj Gupta has been appointed as director of engineering, Next Billion Users, Google India. He is the founder-CEO of Halli Labs, a Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup Google acquired in July last year.

Google also appointed Munish Seth as its new country director for Android. He will be handling partnerships with handset makers. Seth was recently serving as the regional head-APac for connectivity solutions, and led Express Wi-Fi programme at Facebook in India.

As per industry reports, the company has heavily invested in India’s digital payments ecosystem.

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