Meta’s India Chief Ajit Mohan quits; joins rival Snap

Ajit Mohan, the country head for Meta (formerly Facebook) in India, reportedly resigned from the company on November 3 with immediate effect

TNI Tech Bureau: Ajit Mohan, the country head for Meta (formerly Facebook) in India, reportedly resigned from the company on November 3 with immediate effect, according to persons familiar with the developments. The company informed news sources that this exit is confirmed.

The exit was sudden, according to individuals who spoke with News agency Money control, and the team is shocked. A source with knowledge of the issue said that Mohan is joining Snap, a rival. The has not yet been confirmed.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President, Global Business Group, Meta, says that Ajit has chosen to depart Meta in order to pursue an opportunity outside of the company.

According to a LinkedIn post by Mohan, his next job role will see him head for rival Snap, where he will oversee the social media company’s Asia Pacific region and be a member of the executive team.

“I am grateful to the firm for the amazing chance to lead its efforts in one of its most significant countries, and I am absolutely proud of the work the team and I have done to generate impact for people, artists, and businesses all around the country.”- Mohan said.

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In January 2019, Ajit Mohan joined the social media giant as the managing director and vice-president for Facebook India, a newly created role by the internet giant in the nation. The vice-president position wasn’t held by Umang Bedi or Kirthiga Reddy, his predecessors.

In contrast to prior leaders who reported to Meta’s Asia Pacific office, Mohan was also the first India chief to directly report to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

Under his direction, the parent company of Facebook has made a number of investments in India’s online ecosystem, including a $5.7 billion investment into Jio Platforms, the digital arm of Reliance Industries, and companies including social commerce platform Meesho and edtech business Unacademy.

The company’s revenue increased by approximately 2.6 times during Mohan’s tenure, rising from Rs 892 crore in FY19 to Rs 2,309 crore in FY22. From Rs 65 crore in FY19 to Rs 297 crore in FY22, profit has increased by more than four times.

“Over the past four years, he has played a key role in shaping and expanding our India operations so they can support millions of Indian customers, partners, and businesses. We are steadfastly dedicated to all of our work and relationships with India and have a strong leadership team in place to do so. We are very grateful for Ajit’s leadership and commitment, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future, ” he added.

Umang Bedi resigned in January 2019, and Ajit Mohan took over as managing director of Meta’s India operation. In October 2017, Umang Bedi had departed the business. Before joining Meta, Mohan served as the CEO of Star India’s (now Disney Star) streaming video company Hotstar for four years.

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