Rajan Anandan has been appointed as Vice President of India Sales and Operations at Google India. He brings with him 18 years’ experience, during which he essayed key roles at Microsoft, Dell and McKinsey & Company.
Commenting on Anandan’s appointment, in a prepared statement, Daniel Alegre, President, Japan and Asia-Pacific Operations, said, “We always hire the best talent available. India is an important growth country for Google. We were voted the best company to work for in India and we are hiring across functions. With Internet users growing at 50 per cent year-on-year, a strong leadership team will ensure that Google captures this tremendous opportunity. We are happy to have a leader of Rajan’s seniority and calibre to manage and lead it to the next phase of growth.”
Meanwhile, Shailesh Rao, who has been covering two roles – that of the Japan and Asia-Pacific Managing Director, Media and Platform Sales, and Managing Director and Head of Sales, Google India – will remain in Gurgaon and move full-time to the former to deliver on the growth plans for that business. Rao has been instrumental in getting India off the ground from a start-up to a scaled-up and successful business operation, with revenues and headcount growing substantially.
Most recently, Anandan was MD of Microsoft India, responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s software, OEM and services business in India. Under his leadership, Microsoft India was recognised as the No. 1 subsidiary among the emerging markets worldwide (China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa and India).
Prior to joining Microsoft, he was Vice President and Country General Manager of Dell in India, where he grew the Dell business from $250 million to over $800 million and several leadership roles, including being the Executive Assistant to Chairman Michael Dell. Before that, he was a Partner with McKinsey & Company in Chicago. He holds an MSc from Stanford and a BSc from MIT.
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