Meta India Head Ajit Mohan Resigns, to Join Rival Snap

Mohan joined Meta, which was then known as Facebook, as the VP and MD of the India business in January 2019.
Ajit Mohan
Ajit Mohan

Ajit Mohan, the head of Meta Platforms' India division, resigned on Thursday to pursue another opportunity.

According to the reports by TechCrunch, Mohan left the firm to join rival Snap. And he will lead the APAC division at Snap as its President.

Mohan joined Meta, which was then known as Facebook, as the VP and MD of the India business in January 2019.

During his tenure at the company, Facebook's family of applications, including Instagram and WhatsApp, attracted more than 200 million users in India, made a number of bold investments there, including writing a $5.7 billion cheque to Indian telecom operator Jio Platforms, and expanded WhatsApp's business features.

During his term, Meta underwent considerable changes in India, which it considers to be its largest user market. Ankhi Das, a prominent Facebook executive in India, resigned in 2020 after being accused of interfering with the company's implementation of its hate-speech policy in the country.

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“Ajit has decided to step down from his role at Meta to pursue another opportunity outside of the company. Over the last four years, he has played an important role in shaping and scaling our India operations so they can serve many millions of Indian businesses, partners and people. We remain deeply committed to India and have a strong leadership team in place to carry on all our work and partnerships. We are grateful for Ajit's leadership and contribution and wish him the very best for the future,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President, Global Business Group, Meta.

Snap has increased its efforts in India in recent years, with the goal of introducing a number of customised features. According to Data.ai and SensorTower data, the app doubled its user base in the country to 100 million users in the last three years.

(with inputs from ANI)

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