Facebook has appointed former journalist Shivnath Thukral as its new Director of Public Policy for India and South Asia, reports Livemint.  A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the appointment to MediaNama. The spokesperson said that, Thukral is joining Facebook as of November 2017 as Director, Public Policy (India and South Asia), and he will focus on policy issues impacting growth of the digital economy, digital commerce and digital society. The spokesperson said in a statement that Thukral will report to Ankhi Das– Facebook’s policy lead for India and South & Central Asia.

Prior to joining Facebook, Thukral held position of Managing Director at foreign policy think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in India. Before that, he spent six years at Essar Group on leadership position. Before Essar, Thukral spent 14 years in journalism at NDTV on various positions.

Note that, Facebook India Managing Director (India & South Asia), Umang Bedi has put down his papers after a year of his joining at Facebook in July 2016.

Prominent Internet companies are giving importance to the fact that they need people to work closely with Indian government and policymakers to represent their company. Twitter had appointed Mahima Kaul to lead its public policy in India, in 2015. In September 2016, Taxi aggregator Uber  appointed Shweta Rajpal Kohli as its public policy and Government affairs head for India.