Google India and South East Asia head Rajan Anandan has quit after serving eight years at the tech giant. Anandan has been known for expanding Google’s presence in the region and several angel investments in budding startups.
Anandan will continue at Google till the end of April. Vikas Agnihotri, country director, sales, will replace Anandan in the interim for Google India. Going forward Google’s Asia Pacific president Scott Beaumont will take over the role, reports Android Central.
Anandan has joined Sequoia Capital as a Managing Director. He will join the leadership team at the firm, wrote Shailendra J Singh in a LinkedIn post.
“He will focus on developing Surge into the world’s top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the program’s founders,” mentions the post
Prior to joining Google, Anandan held leadership roles in McKinsey & Company, Dell, and Microsoft. Besides, he was a member of the Indian Angel Network and in 2017 and was appointed as the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India).
As a prolific angel investor, Anandan has invested in over 45 technology startups in India such as Instamojo, WebEngage, Travelkhana, Capillary Technologies, LLB among others.
In an official statement, Beaumont said “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership has helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures”.
Born in Srilanka, he is also the co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures, the first seed fund in Sri Lanka and has made over 10 investments in the country.