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Nikesh Arora leaves Google to join Softbank; Airtel Connection?

Nikhil adds: Perhaps it's just a co-incidence, but there is an interesting Airtel connection to look at. Arora was on Airtel's board from 2008 to March 2014. Of late, the Bharti group, the promoter group of Airtel, has begun doing quite a big of work with Softbank - they have a joint venture for apps called Bharti Softbank (BSB). Recently, Brightstar, of which Softbank is the largest shareholder, picked up a majority stake in Bharti owned Beetel. Earlier: Google's chief business officer Nikesh Arora is leaving after a 10-year stint with the company, Google has disclosed in its Q2 2014 earnings results. Omid Kordestani who has previously worked as the senior advisor to the Office of the CEO and founders at Google, will be taking over Arora's role for now. Note that Kordestani has previously worked as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & field operations but he had stepped down from this position in 2009. Arora will be joining Softbank as the CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media Inc (SIMI) and Vice President of Softbank Corporation. Softbank mentions that Arora will be working closely with the Softbank Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son to define, implement and manage the company's global growth strategy. As the CEO of SIMI, he will be overseeing the company's Internet, telecommunications, media and global investment activities. Son added that they also intend to nominate Arora to Softbank Corp board in their next shareholder meeting. Arora had joined Google in 2004 and has held several positions with the company over the years. He had previously led Google’s global direct sales…

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