Facebook, the popular social networking site has now appointed a new Managing Director for India. The previous Managing Director, Kirthiga Reddy will be shifting from India to United States to take on a new responsibility as the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park. In her place, Umang Bedi, New Facebook India Managing Director has been appointed by Facebook. He would be responsible for the building and maintaining the top clients and strategic relationships with regional agencies in the nation.
On the occasion, Dan Neary, Vice President of the Asia Pacific region for Facebook said, “India is known for its great talent pool and we are really pleased to have Umang Bedi, a proven business executive to lead our business in India. I also want to wish Kirthiga the very best in her new global role. Kirthiga has played a huge and key role in building our India business from scratch, and I know she will continue to deliver the same impact in the US.”
He further added, “Facebook is where people and businesses connect on mobile and with close to 150 million monthly active people in India, we see significant opportunities to help Indian business – large and small – deliver against their business objectives in the mobile world.”
Umang Bedi, an engineer graduate from University of Pune said that he is excited for the future endeavours with Facebook. He said, “I am thrilled to join Facebook and work with the extremely talented team in India to help brands and agencies grow their business on our platform. For me it’s a promising opportunity to participate in India’s digital growth, and I can’t think of a better place to be at.”
He is the recipient of the ‘40 Under Forty: India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014’ and an alumni of Harvard Business School. Before being appointed as the MD for India by Facebook, Bedi was the managing director of the South Asia region at Adobe.
Kirthiga Reddy, the former MD, India said, “After six years in India building our operations and business, it’s hard to leave a team I now call family. The good news is that we will continue to work together. As I look ahead, I am excited about how well positioned our business is, to grow from strength to strength with Umang’s leadership, and with my next opportunity to shape and drive our emerging markets strategy across some of the world’s biggest brands.”
As for the latest reports, Umang Bedi will start working as the new MD, India for Facebook from July 2016 whereas Kirthiga Reddy will begin her working in her new office in United States from August 2016 onwards.