While Sanjay Gupta has for several years directed Disney in India, Google has just to announce that he will now replace Rajan Anandan as director on behalf of the company in India.
Sanjay Gupta: the new thinking head of Google in India
By the time Rajan Anandan decided to leave Google, the US company said that Vikas Agnihotri, director of sales for Google in India, would temporarily take over. As you can see, today Sanjay Gupta will take the lead. Several departures of top managers have recently shaken Google, especially in this region of the world. Indeed, Karim Temsamani, director of Asia Pacific at Google, also left the company earlier this year.
In a recent statement, Sanjay Gupta said that:
“It’s a great opportunity for me to take advantage of Google’s technological power to solve some of India’s challenges and make the Internet an engine of economic growth for its people. I am very excited to join Google’s passionate teams and look forward to contributing to India’s digital adventure, which is currently becoming a true innovation hub for the world. “
India: a market that attracts
Google is putting more and more on India. In December 2018, the company acquired Sigmoid Labs a company behind the “Where is my Train” app, an ultra-popular service in India. As the growth of the number of users stabilizes in developed countries, Google has understood that we now have to turn to emerging countries like India, Indonesia or Brazil.
In 2018, Google also made the choice to deploy free Wi-Fi in more than 400 stations in India. Since 2015, the American firm has been working with Indian Railways and Railtel to offer a new experience to users of railway stations in the country and especially to simplify their lives.
Despite weak financial results emerging countries Google wants to focus on these new markets, to develop products and services that solve local problems and accelerate the growth of these countries. Sanjay Gupta must remain vigilant and keep an eye on the rapid growth of Facebook’s advertising activities in India. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg is also very interested in this huge market.