Update: Anandan is joining Sequoia Capital India as a Managing Director, the VC fund has announced.
He will join the leadership team at the firm, in addition to the six current Managing Directors, where he will focus on developing Surge into the world’s top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the program’s founders.
Earlier today: Rajan Anandan,VP for Google South East Asia and India, and essentially heading Google in India, has quit the company. Anandan leaves a little over 8 years after he joined the company, and has been largely responsible for spurring growth in Google’s business in the country. Anandan, a Sri Lankan by origin, was previously MD of Microsoft India till August 2010. Prior to joining Microsoft India, he was Vice President and Country General Manager at Dell India. Anandan is very active angel investor, and a member of the Indian Angel Network.
Anandan will continue at Google till the end of April, according to a statement from the company. Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales will take on the responsibility in the interim for Google India, till Google India finds a new MD.
Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific said in a statement that “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership has helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures”.