Meta appoints Sandhya Devanathan as vice president of India amid mass layoffs

Meta led by Mark Zuckerberg has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as Vice President of India Vertical – Meta India. She will take over from January 1, 2023 and will report to Meta APAC Vice President Dan Neary. Devanathan will move back to India and lead the organization and strategy of the company in the country. She will focus on moving business priorities and revenue together to help partners and customers while supporting the long-term growth of Meta’s business in India.

The incoming vice president of Meta India will also focus on fostering strategic relationships with leading brands, advertisers, creators and partners to drive the mega-honor’s revenue growth in India. She has over two decades of experience and an international career in areas such as banking, payments and technology.

The industry stalwart joined Meta in 2016 and was instrumental in building Meta’s businesses in Singapore and Vietnam and the company’s e-commerce business in Southeast Asia. Devanathan led the company’s gaming vertical for APAC, one of Meta’s largest verticals globally.

She is also the executive sponsor of Women@APAC and the lead for Meta’s global initiative aimed at diverse representation in the games industry Play Forward. In addition, she is also on the international board of Pepper Financial Services.

“Sandhya has a proven track record of growing businesses, building unique and inclusive teams, driving product innovation and building strong partnerships,” said Marne Levine, Meta’s chief business officer, upon Devanathan’s appointment.

Devanathan’s appointment comes as global tech giants lay off thousands of workers due to the uncertain economic climate. Meta laid off about 11,000 workers earlier this week, and several Indians have been affected. Zuckerberg said in a blog post that the company will provide immigration support to foreign workers.

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