Google Vice President for South East Asia and India Rajan Anandan quits the company and joins Sequoia Capital India as the Managing Director. The company said in a statement on Tuesday that Anandan will continue working at Google till the end of April and Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales will go on to take responsibility as the interim for Google India.
Shailendra J. Singh, Managing Director at Sequoia said that Anandan will be joining the leadership team of Sequoia Capital in addition to the six current Managing Directors, where Anandan will focus on developing 'Surge' in the world's top scale-up programme for startups.
'Surge' will aim to engineer rapid early progress for startups by allowing disproportionate access to talent, capital, network and decades of company-building knowledge.
Singh said in a statement, 'Anandan's deep understanding of technology, significant operating expertise and track record of growing tech businesses across the region will help 'Surge' founders scale and build the transformational businesses of tomorrow'.
Rajan Anandan, as a head of Google India and Southeast Asia, played a key role in expanding the Internet ecosystem in the region and also increasing the adoption among consumers and businesses.
Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific said, "We are grateful to Anandan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership has helped grow the overall Internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures".
Before he joined Google, Rajan Anandan led Microsoft and Dell in India. He was also a Partner at McKinsey & Co in Chicago. Anandan is also a prolific angel investor who has supported a large number of successful start-ups at the very early stages.
(With IANS inputs)