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Google India appoints new country heads for Payments, Android: Report

Google India has appointed Sajith Sivanandan as the head of payments and access service in India, reports the Economic Times. Before this appointment, Sivanandan, in his 11-year stint at Google, has worked as its managing director for operations in Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and new emerging markets. This is amongst the four new appointments the company has reportedly made in the recent past, according to ET. It is important to note that this development comes days after the tech giant rebranded its UPI payment app Tez to Google Pay. The company has also appointed Ambarish Kenghe as senior product director of Google Pay. This is his second stint at the company, as prior to this, Kenghe was the co-founder and product management lead for Google’s Chromecast based at the company’s headquarters in California. That apart, Kenghe was also the Chief Product Officer at Indian e-commerce outlet Myntra between July 2015 and May 2018. Elsewhere google also reportedly appointed Munish Seth as the new country director for Android, where he will be responsible for driving partnerships with handset makers. Prior to this, Munish worked at Facebook as the regional head-APAC for connectivity solutions, and led the social media giant's Express Wi-Fi programme in India. Lastly, Pankaj Gupta, has been appointed as the director of engineering, Next Billion Users at the company. He joined Google after it acquired Halli Labs — a Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup, where he was the founder-CEO. Competition in the Payments space Although the payments ecosystem was already extremely competitive in India, things have intensified even more in…

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