Social networking giant Facebook is in the last stages of finalizing its new India head. The company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions David Fischer is in the country interviewing candidates from the shortlist. The role, however, doesn’t include responsibilities for WhatsApp and Instagram.
India is one of Facebook’s prominent market with 217 million monthly active users. Presently, the company is looking for a managing director at the vice-president level. Facebook is making this kind of high-profile appointment for the first time in India.
Facebook only had Managing Director’s post in India. The two previous MDs for India and South Asia — Umang Bedi and Kirthiga Reddy — were not accorded the VP title.
According to reports, the candidates in Facebook’s shortlist include Star India MD Sanjay Gupta, Tata Sky MD Harit Nagpal, Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan and former Karnataka IT secretary Srivatsa Krishna IAS, among others.
Krishna, a Harvard alumni, is the only bureaucrat among the shortlisted candidates. The appointment is part of Facebook’s strategy to focus on Indian market.
The job involves defining strategic, sales and marketing, financial and operating targets that align with long-term strategic plan. However, the Vice President will not have responsibilities of WhatsApp and Instagram.