Facebook India has finally filled the post of Managing Director and Vice President after Umang Bedi’s departure in October 2017. Ajit Mohan, a former CEO of Hotstar who was appointed as India’s head for the company in September, has officially joined the post with immediate effect.
With taking up the aforementioned role, Mohan will be responsible for aligning teams and driving overall strategy. During his designation, Mohan said that he will be working with stakeholders across the spectrum to help build deep and meaningful communities in India.
Mohan has two decades of experience across companies including Hotstar and management consulting firms McKinsey and Co. as well as Arthur D. Little.
His appointment is crucial for Facebook as the country is scheduled for general election later this year. Lately, social media platforms are under scanner for spreading fake news and pushing negative propaganda in society.
Apart from Facebook, WhatsApp also has been facing similar wrath from the government agencies and judicial bodies. Following the Supreme Court’s directive, WhatsApp had appointed Komal Lahiri as local grievance officer.
In one of the rarest instances in history of successful startups in India, Ezetap’s co-founder and CEO Abhijit Bose left the digital payments firm to head WhatsApp in India.
Further for combating fake news in India, Facebook had roped in BBC senior digital strategist Trushar Barot. He is also expected to join the company this month.
In late 2018, all leading social media were operating without a country head. Recently, LinkedIn filled the post as Mahesh Narayanan joined the firm as Country Manager while Twitter is yet to find suitable candidate to lead Indian operations.