Sanjay Gupta joins Google as Country Manager & Vice President of Sales & Operations, India

Gupta took over the new role after stepping down as Country Manager, Star & Disney India

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Nov 8, 2019 12:32 PM Updated: Nov 8, 2019 3:14 PM

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Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta has stepped down as Country Manager, Star & Disney India. Gupta has joined Google as its new Country Manager and Vice President of Sales and Operations for India. He will contribute to Google’s ongoing efforts to expand the internet ecosystem in the country, driving Internet adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. Gupta will take on the role early next year and will be based out of Mumbai working closely with the teams based in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Gupta has joined Google as its new Country Manager and Vice President of Sales and Operations for India. He will contribute to Google’s ongoing efforts to expand the internet ecosystem in the country, driving Internet adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. Gupta will take on the role early next year and will be based out of Mumbai working closely with the teams based in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Commenting on the appointment, Scott Beaumont, President of APAC, Google said, “Our ongoing engagement in India is a source of pride for both our Googlers in India but also around the world. Our Indian operation is important and strategic for its own sake but also for the innovation which then feeds breakthroughs elsewhere in Google. We are delighted to have Sanjay join us. We are excited to combine his expertise, experience and leadership with our teams and build further on our existing efforts in this highly dynamic, competitive and exciting digital economy, looking to build a more helpful and inclusive Internet for everyone in India.”

Speaking about his appointment, Gupta said: “I am delighted to take on the challenge of leading and shaping Google’s charter in India. It is an exciting opportunity to leverage the power of technology to solve some of India’s unique challenges and make Internet an engine of economic growth for people and communities. I am happy to join the passionate teams across Google and look forward to contributing to India’s digital journey as it becomes an innovation hub for the world.”

With a career spanning nearly three decades, Gupta joins Google from Star and Disney India where he was the Managing Director. During that time, he played a pivotal role in Star becoming the largest media company in India. He played an instrumental role in extending their traditional television content to digital consumers through Hotstar. He is also widely credited for building their sports business via the acquisition of marquee cricketing properties and launch of the kabaddi and football leagues: Pro Kabaddi League and Indian Super League.

Apart from his numerous strategic and business wins, Gupta also displays deep consumer understanding and has used it to build strong brands. During his time at Hindustan Unilever he led marketing for two of the company's critical segments: Oral and Home care. Then at Bharti Airtel as Chief Marketing Officer for the mobile business, he spearheaded several successful sales and marketing initiatives. He is a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata, and is an engineer from Delhi College of Engineering.

In an internal email sent to the employees at Star, which exchange4 media got access to, Shankar spoke highly about Gupta and expressed his appreciation for the immense contribution to Star India. 

Excerpts:

"I am writing to share something that is of deep significance to not just Star India and to me personally, but also I am sure, to each one of you.

So critical has been Sanjay Gupta’s contribution in building Star India into one of the finest and most successful M&E companies in Asia that I would be undermining his contribution. However, (what I) want to share is what an amazing friend and thought partner Sanjay has been to me personally. I have always talked about what an amazing team we have... There is no one quite gifted as Sanjay in the entire Indian M&E sector. Based on my experience, I can say that there are few like him. His departure is a big personal loss to me. Above and beyond anyone else, Sanjay has been the person who has taken charge of my craziest ideas. He leaves a void in my life that would be impossible to fill.

But that's life. The great company that Sanjay built must continue to scale greater heights and that will require each one of us to step up...make arrangements to deal with his absence with as little disruption as possible. I am grateful to him for that." 

Gupta was recently conferred with exchange4media Influencer of the Year Award.

Gupta's movement comes four months after Gayatri Yadav quit Star India as President of Consumer Strategy and Innovation.

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