(Rajan Anandan with Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy)
Rajan Anandan, the Managing Director of Google India, has also been appointed as the new lead for Google in South-East Asia, reports Business Line. As the VP of sales and operations for Google India and Southeast Asia, Anandan will report directly to Karim Temsamani, president APAC. Google has confirmed this development to MediaNama.
Anandan had first joined Google India in February 2011 as VP, sales and operations, before which he was MD at Microsoft India. He also served as the country General Manager for Dell India between 2006-2008 prior to which he worked for McKinsey & Company in the USA. Anandan has also invested in various India focused startups like GiftCardsIndia, Socialblood.org, DocSuggest, InstaMojo and Aurality among others. According to Angel.co, he has as yet made a total of 51 investments in various startups.
Earlier last week, Google head for Southeast Asia, Julian Persaud had moved to a new role in running Airbrb across Asia. Persaud had moved on from the company after a 10 year stint, having joined Google as head of business development, Australia in 2005. In October last year, Punitha Arumugam, the director of agency business at Google India, has also resigned from the company after a two year stint.
Nikhil adds: Hope this doesn’t mean a reduction in focus on India for Anandan, who has been instrumental in driving growth for the digital ecosystem in India. India didn’t have 100 million Internet users until Andandan said so, and while we have been skeptical about the numbers, an aggressive approach towards driving growth by building partnerships (GOSF is a clear example), and at a personal level, investing in startups, has increased interest in the digital space from both investors and government. With a government that is focused on business, Anandan’s push will help amplify interest. Before Anandan joined Google, there was a sense that the Internet industry tended to focus on highlighting scarcity, and looked for support from the government. Anandan changed the conversation by highlighting success, and that brought in more interest. Of course, there were other factors – the growth of Flipkart among them, but no one has pitched growth of the Internet as aggressively, as consistently. As we’d written in 2011 about Anandan’s pitch, there’s nothing wrong with an aggressive sales push for the Internet in India.