Star & Disney India country head Sanjay Gupta has stepped down. He moves to Google India.
Gupta is joining Google as country manager and vice president of sales and operations. He succeeds in Rajan Anandan, who has moved from Sequoia Capital India as its managing director.
Vikas Agnihotri, currently Google’s country director for sales in India, was serving as the Internet giant’s interim managing director.
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Gupta has confirmed the move. “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 the Internet an engine of economic growth for people and communities,” Gupta has stated. “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.”
“Our Indian operation is important and strategic for its own sake but also for the innovation which then feeds breakthroughs elsewhere in Google,” said Scott Beaumont, President of APAC at Google.
Gupta’s departure will be a big blow to Star Sports. He had played an important role in establishing Star as India’s market leader and increased its digital footprint with Hotstar, the largest OTT platform in the country. Gupta was also instrumental in building Star’s Sports business through acquisitions of key cricketing properties like the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the International Cricket Council. He also expanded Star Sports business beyond broadcast with the launch of the Pro-Kabaddi League and the Indian Super League.
A post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata, Gupta is an engineer from Delhi College of Engineering. He also had stints at Hindustan Unilever and Bharti Airtel as Chief Marketing Officer in a successful career spanning over three decades