Google India head Rajan Anandan steps down; Vikas Agnihotri to take over

Rajan Anandan, vice president, SEA and India at Google quits; makes way for Vikas Agnihotri, country director – sales, to man the helm.


Rajan Anandan, vice president, South East Asia and India at Google will be stepping down to join Sequoia Capital as managing director for India.

Leaving behind a glorious legacy that spanned over eight years, Anandan said that with 850 million users across India and SE Asia, raking in billions in revenue, Google India and SEA is a team that thinks big and executes superbly.

Under his stewardship, Google India raked in Rs 9338 crore in the last fiscal - an impressive 30 percent spike from FY17-18.

In a letter addressed to Google employees, he said that it’s time for him to move on and pursue new challenges. He expressed his intent to invest in promising early-stage technology startups across India and Southeast Asia.
He shared that there are two things that excite him most: the power of technology and the power of ambitious entrepreneurs who strive to solve humanity’s biggest problems. Anandan’s decision to join venture capital behemoth Sequoia Capital is quite obviously aligned to his vision and belief.

While Vikas Agnihotri, country director – sales, ascends to the top rung as interim head, Scott Beaumont, president – Asia Pacific at Google will be leading business teams in APAC.

Beaumont, in his statement, thanked Anandan for his entrepreneurial zeal and leadership that laid the foundation for the overall internet ecosystem in India and South East Asia.

Prior to his stellar stint at Google, Anandan was the managing director of Microsoft India for two years. He also led Dell India as vice president and country manager from 2006 to 2008.