Facebook has announced two key appointments in India: Kirthiga Reddy will head the companys India operations, with Manoj Varghese will be director of user operations. Reddy joins from Phoenix Technologies, where she was VP and GM, heading Phoenix India’s team in Bangalore. Prior to joining Phoenix, she was with Motorola’s Good Technology Group, based in Hyderabad. [via India Infoline]

Reddy will, in particular, liaison with the Indian government at city, state and national levels: social networks in India and its neighboring countries have increasingly had to deal with demands for moderation of groups and fora that one community or another finds offensive. Orkut has had its share of troubles in the country, and once Shailesh Rao, MD (India) for Google even said that he spends 40 percent of his time dealing with government issues. However, as Director of Online Operations, Reddy primary role will be supporting Facebook users, advertisers and developers worldwide.

Facebook intends to invest $150 million and hire 500 people in India, according to PTI, primarily to service its global operations. Manoj Varghese, joins as Director of User Operations, will build a user support team. He was previously Director of People Operations at Google, responsible for HR and staffing in the Japan and Asia Pacific regions. Facebook is also hiring in India, and is looking for poeple to specialize in spearheading local programs and building partner relationships.


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