Facebook has announced the appointment of Francis Jose, Manohar Hotchandani and Paras Sharma in its Partnership team in India.
Sharma will be the Director for Media Partnerships and lead the charter across news, entertainment, sports and music verticals for both Facebook and Instagram. Francis Jose is the new Director of Mobile and Connectivity Partnerships for India and will drive engagements across the telecom, ISP and mobile devices industries in India. Hotchandani joins as Director, Business Development and will be working across multiple opportunities in India, with a keen focus on growing gaming, commerce, AR/VR.
All three of them will be reporting to Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships at Facebook India.
Sharma comes with 23 years of experience with leading global media organizations like Viacom CBS Asia, Fox International Channels and ESPN Star Sports. He has worked across various functions including media, creative, content production, acquisition and programming, OTT platforms, marketing and business management and has led teams in diverse regions including India, SEA, China and Japan, with a focus on expanding to newer markets, creating localised programming and new programmes; to grow audiences and engagement across linear and digital platforms.
Jose joins Facebook from Samsung India Electronics and prior to that, he has worked at Blackberry, Reliance Communications, Airtel, Aptech and BPL Mobile. Over the past 21 years, he has held responsibilities across a wide spectrum of roles including network engineering, business development, sales and distribution as well as strategic partner management; working with clients and principals to develop newer go to market strategies and expand their user bases.
Hotchandani joins Facebook from Amazon where he led the Alexa voice service (AVS) business post a long stint at Microsoft across multiple roles. Hotchandani has 25+ years of experience across business development, ecosystem creation and management and P&L management with MNC companies like Microsoft and Amazon.
With extensive experience in technology, telecom, media and entertainment, these new additions will help lead strategic partnerships and initiatives to support Facebookâs growth in India, with an overall aim for driving better value for business partners.
Chopra said, â We are proud to expand our team with the addition of Francis, Manohar and Paras - who are not only leading industry talents but also share Facebookâs passion to create unique experiences that drive business value for our partners and bring the world closer together.â