Shailesh Rao has stepped down as the Vice President for Asia Pacific, Latin America and Emerging Markets at Twitter, Inc.
“We thank Shailesh for his contributions and leadership over the past four years. He built up our international business across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Emerging Markets into our fastest-growing user and revenue region today. He has hired and developed strong local teams across these markets, as well as opened dozens of offices worldwide, to serve our users, partners and advertisers. We wish him all the best and we will continue to hire and invest in the high-growth Asia Pacific region.” Said a Twitter spokesperson confirming the news to exchange4media.
Rao served as Vice President of International Revenue at Twitter, Inc. since joining in April 2012.
Prior to joining Twitter, Rao was associated with Alphabet Inc. as the Director of local search. He served as Managing Director of Media & Platforms at Google India Private Limited from March 2007 to February 2012. He also served as Managing Director of Sales and Operations at Google India Private Limited and managed Google's domestic business and strategic partnerships in India.
Rao earned the prestigious Google Founder's Award for his role in the development of Google Maps and Google Earth. He also played a leadership role in the growth of Google's YouTube business globally as Vice President for the YouTube and Display businesses across Asia Pacific. In January 2012, he was named the Internet Professional of the Year 2011 at IAMAI's 2nd India Digital Awards. Rao has dual undergraduate degrees in Economics and History from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.