Facebook Hires Two Executives for New India Office

Facebook has hired two people to head their soon-to-be-opened Hyderabad, India offices, which we previously reported will involve 500 hires and about $150 million in investment. The 50,000 square-foot facility is set to open shortly and will incorporate online sales, operations services and general support services for Facebook around the world. These two appointments are the first executive-level hires Facebook has made in India.

Kirthiga Reddy has been appointed as director of online operations and Manoj Varghese as India’s director of operations.

Reddy has previously worked with the Phoenix Technologies software group in India and with Motorola’s mobile solutions provider as director of the Good Technology Group. She has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Masters of Science in computer engineering from Syracuse University in New York.

Her main objective as director of online operations will be to expand Facebook’s reach in terms of users, advertisers and developers not only in India, but the rest of the world as well.

Varghese has previously worked as the human resources director for Google India, taking charge of staffing in the Asia Pacific and Japan. He also worked in a similar capacity at Dell International Services, Infosys Technologies and Maruti Suzuki.

Note that the office will be serving the world, but it will also be bringing more attention to Facebook in the country. According to Inside Facebook Gold, India currently has 10.5 million Facebook users — a tiny but fast-growing part of the population.

Stay tuned for more updates, as the office is set to open in the coming months.

[Reddy photo via Twitter; Varghese photo via HRM]