Facebook is on the hunt for a new managing director for India, but it has nothing to do with the recent net neutrality squabble there involving Internet.org’s Free Basics offerings.
Kirthiga Reddy, who has held the post of managing director of Facebook India since 2010, announced her impending departure in a Facebook post, but she is not necessarily leaving the company, as she and her family had relocated to India and are moving back to the U.S.
A Facebook representative confirmed to Re/code that the move was unrelated to the Internet.org situation, saying:
As she had planned for some time, Kirthiga Reddy is moving back to the U.S. to work with the teams in headquarters. We are extremely proud of the work she has done to grow our global sales business in India. During her time in India, Kirthiga was not involved in our Free Basics efforts.
Reddy said in her post that she would make the move in the next six to 12 months, adding that she is helping Facebook look for her replacement, along with managing director of emerging markets, Asia-Pacific William Easton and vice president, Asia-Pacific Dan Neary.
I could not be more excited about where the Facebook business is in India, where we are going and what’s to come. Over the past six years, starting as the first employee for Facebook in India, I have had the privilege to be part of our amazing growth journey–from our operations in Hyderabad to being a business partner for our clients as they build their brands and grow their business in this mobile-first world. Above all, it’s all been about our mission: “Give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” We have only just begun.
What am I going to be doing? It will be business as-usual over the next six to 12 months. I am working closely with William Easton and Dan Neary as we search for my successor in India. I have also begun to explore new opportunities at Facebook back at Menlo Park. As I do this, I continue to experience the same aha moments as I did in my first few weeks at Facebook–that our mission is so much bigger, the opportunities are so much larger and each Facebooker is so much more jaw-dropping-inspiring than one thinks possible.