Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar, is joining Facebook as its MD and VP for India market. Mohan has been with Star India since April 2012, and moved to head its digital business in November 2015. He will join Facebook early next year.
In this newly created role of Managing Director for India, a VP-level role, one of the most important responsibilities for this person will be aligning teams and driving Facebookâs overall strategy in India. This is a new structure for Facebook India of having a senior leader reporting into Menlo Park and not Asia Pacific.
Mohan will be responsible for Facebook's India strategy and for driving the company's continued investment in India. He will lead a senior leadership team in India that will strengthen Facebook's relationships with people, businesses, and government and intensify the company's efforts to help people in India connect with the people and things they care about most.
âIndia is one of the largest and most strategically important countries for Facebook. As we think about what it will take to achieve our mission of bringing people together and building community, we know that investment in India is critical. Mohanâs depth of experience will help us to continue to have a positive impact in India across communities, organisations, businesses and with policy makers,â said David Fischer, Vice-President of Business and Marketing Partnerships, Facebook Inc.
âI am delighted to take on the mantle of shaping Facebookâs charter in India. It is a unique opportunity to shape the agenda of a company that has brought the world closer together in one of the most exciting markets in the world. I look forward to championing India in Facebook and working with stakeholders across the spectrum to help build deep and meaningful communities across the country,â said Mohan.
He launched and built Hotstar into India's leading premium video streaming platform. Mohan is an alumnus of McKinsey and Companyâs New York office where he worked with media companies around the globe as well as served as a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, where he focused on India's rapid urbanization. He is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.