Facebook India appoints Hotstar's Ajit Mohan as managing director, vice president

Mohan will be responsible for driving Facebook's overall strategy and continued investment in India,

Facebook on 24 September announced it has appointed Ajit Mohan, as managing director and vice-president, Facebook India.

Mohan served as Hotstar’s chief executive since April, 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He will be responsible for driving Facebook's overall strategy and continued investment in India, reporting directly to the Menlo Park-based headquarter and not Asia Pacific. Ajit will join Facebook early next year.

 Facebook India appoints Hotstars Ajit Mohan as managing director, vice president

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"Ajit's depth of experience will help us to continue to have a positive impact in India across communities, organisations, businesses and with policy makers," said David Fischer, vice-president of Business and Marketing Partnerships, Facebook Inc.

Ajit will lead a senior leadership team in the country to intensify the company's efforts to help people in India connect with the people and things they care about the most.

"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," said Mohan.

Ajit Mohan. Image: Twitter/CNBC Awaaz

Ajit Mohan. Image: Twitter/CNBC Awaaz

"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," he added.

An alumnus of McKinsey and Company's New York office where he worked with media companies around the globe, Mohan launched and built Hotstar into India's leading premium video streaming platform.

He is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ever since Umang Bedi had stepped down as India managing director in October last year, Facebook hasn't had an India head. This is, however, now set to change, thanks to the appointment of Mohan.

(With inputs from IANS)

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