Sandhya Devanathan is Meta’s New Vice President of India, Replaces Abhijit Bose

Sandhya Devanathan is Meta India's new Head and Vice President.


Meta has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the new Head and Vice President for the India operations. This comes after multiple high profiles employees exited the company. These include former head Ajit Mohan, country lead for public policy Rajiv Aggarwal, and WhatsApp’s India head Abhijit Bose. While Ajit Mohan resigned to take up a lead role in rival company Snapchat, the reasons for the other two resignations are still unknown.

In case you do not know, Meta is a company that owns popular social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Meta. Here’s everything you need to know about Meta India’s new head, Sandhya Devanathan.

Know about the new Meta Head, Sandhya Devanathan

According to her Linkedin profile, Sandhya Devanathan joined Facebook (Meta’s previous name) in January 2016 and helped build the Singapore and Vietnam businesses and teams. Sandhya was also responsible for Meta’s e-commerce initiatives in Southeast Asia.

In April 2020, Sandhya Devanathan moved to Indonesia to lead Gaming for APAC (Asia-Pacific) which is one of the top five categories for the company. Before her appointment as Meta India Head, Sandhya served as a Vice President for Meta Asia-Pacific gaming region. Sandhya Devanathan has an overall experience of 22 years and has remained an expert in banking, payments, and technology.

Sandhya will return to India to take up her new role on January 1, 2023. She will report to Dan Neary, Vice President of Meta APAC.

On Sandhya’s appointment as Meta India’s head, Chief Business Officer Marne Levine said: “I’m pleased to welcome Sandhya as our new leader for India. Sandhya has a proven track record of scaling businesses, building exceptional and inclusive teams, driving product innovation and building strong partnerships. We are thrilled to have her lead Meta’s continued growth in India.”

“She will move back to India to lead the India org and strategy. As part of her role, Devanathan will spearhead the company’s India charter and strengthen the strategic relationships with the country’s leading brands, creators, advertisers, and partners to drive Meta’s revenue growth in key channels in India,” Marne further added.

The company says that as a part of her new role, Sandhya will lead the company’s India charter and strengthen the strategic relationships with the country’s leading brands, creators, advertisers, and partners. She will be responsible for Meta’s revenue growth in key channels in India.

New Appointment Amid the Layoffs

The new appointment for Meta India’s head comes at a time when the company fired over 11,000 employees, about 13% of its workforce earlier this month. Mark Zuckerberg said this is one of those steps which the company is taking to become more learner and efficient. Some of the fired employees were Indians who recently shifted to another country for their job.