Facebook India MD Umang Bedi steps down

Yolanda Curtis
October 11, 2017

Umang Bedi, managing director, India and South Asia, at Facebook has resigned, the social media network said.

Sandeep Bhushan has been appointed as the interim managing director. Mint reported a year ago that Bedi's mission was about making Facebook relevant for businesses. "Our two daughters start high school and middle school this coming year - which serves as a natural transition point to make this move back", Reddy said in a Facebook post after her resignation. Facebook India, in a statement, said "Umang Bedi will be leaving his role at Facebook at the end of this year".

Reddy stepped down soon after Facebook shut down "Free Basics" in India following an order by telecom regulator Trai barring operators from charging discriminatory rates for Internet access based on content.

Apart from Bedi's exit, another major change in Facebook's upper management took place in September 2016 when former Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal, Anand Chandrasekaran, was roped to work for its Messenger app. To accelerate its growth in India, the company has been hiring top-level professionals to manage its operations in the country. At the time of appointment Bedi had termed the new role as a promising opportunity, "I am thrilled to join Facebook and am looking forward to working with the talented teams in India, to help brands and agencies grow their business on our platform". India has now become the largest market for Facebook, beating its home turf US.

As per recent reports, India now boasts a total of 241 Mn active users, compared to the United States' 240 Mn Facebook-using populace.

Bedi joined Facebook in July 2016.

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