Google India and South East Asia head Rajan Anandan has called it quits after eight years with the internet giant. He took Twitter to announce that he would be joining Sequoia Capital India as a Managing Director, in addition to the six current Managing Directors, where he will focus on developing Surge into the world’s top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the program’s founders.
Digital economy in India+SEA: $125B in 2018. 30%++ yoy growth (revenues, not users). $500B addressable market by 2023. There simply has not been a better time to #startup in India and SEA! Super excited and honored to be joining the @Sequoia_India family! Lets @_surgeahead!! https://t.co/1M1WBjkBRn— Rajan Anandan (@RajanAnandan) April 2, 2019
As head of Google India & Southeast Asia, he has played a key role in expanding the internet ecosystem in the region, increasing adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation while building a multi-billion dollar business that continues to grow very fast. He is also a prolific angel investor who has backed a large number of successful start-ups at the very early stages. Anandan has also led Microsoft and Dell in India, and was earlier a Partner at McKinsey & Co in Chicago.
Google's Asia Pacific president Scott Beaumont will take over the role going forward, with current country director Vikas Agnihotri filling in as interim chief.
On Anandan’s departure, Google India tweeted, “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past 8 years. His entrepreneurial zeal & leadership has helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India & SE Asia. We wish him all the best in his new adventures.”