Presently serving as the CEO of Hotstar India, Ajit Mohan is expected to join the Facebook team early next year (2019).
Bulletin, New Delhi, September 25, 2018
Facebook Inc. made a new announcement on Monday, confirming its intentions to appoint the current CEO of Hotstar India (Mr Ajit Mohan) as the new Facebook India Managing Director and Vice President. Mr Mohan will take over the reins and join the Facebook team early in 2019.
“India is one of the largest and most strategically important countries for Facebook. As we think about what it will take to achieve our mission of bringing people together and building community, we know that investment in India is critical. Ajit’s depth of experience will help us to continue to have a positive impact in India across communities, organizations, businesses and with policymakers.”
- David Fischer, Vice-president of business and marketing partnerships at Facebook
Mr Mohan's responsibilities at Facebook India will not stop at merely mimicing those of his predecessor. Umang Bedi, the former MD of Facebook India had resigned in October 2015 after a short stint of 15 months, and since then, the Indian wing of the social networking giant has operated without prominent senior leadership. Facebook South Asia Director Sandeep Bhushan has been serving as the interim MD so far, and with Ajit's appointement, divisions such as public relations, government relations and new business development will fall under his direct overview.
Ajit Mohan also stands out as one the first senior Indian leadership members at Faceboo, who will report directly to headquarters at Menlo Park.
“I am delighted to take on the mantle of shaping Facebook’s charter in India. It is a unique opportunity to shape the agenda of a company that has brought the world closer together in one of the most exciting markets in the world. I look forward to championing India in Facebook and working with stakeholders across the spectrum to help build deep and meaningful communities across the country”
- Ajit Mohan (New MD & VP, Facebook India)
It needs to be noted that the subsidiary (Facebook-owned) tech properties of WhatsApp and Instagram will continue to operate outside the supervision of Mr Mohan and his team.