Sandhya Devanathan’s journey from Andhra University to Meta India

Nov 17, 2022

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

New vice president of Meta India

Meta, on Thursday, announced that Sandhya Devanathan has been appointed as the vice president of Meta India, after several executives left the company.

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Current role

Devanathan is currently the head of Meta’s gaming vertical for Asia-Pacific. She will start her new role next year, in January 2023.

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Her role as VP

She will be part of the APAC leadership team and will move back to India for her new role. “She will focus on bringing the organization's business and revenue priorities together to serve its partners and clients, while continuing to support the long-term growth of Meta's business and commitment to India”, said the company.

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A long career with Meta

Devanathan will take up the key position after spending nearly six years in the company. She started in 2016 as the group director, SEA - Ecommerce, Travel and FinServ, before moving on to the role of country managing director - Singapore and business head- Vietnam, helping build the Singapore and Vietnam businesses and teams.

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Career background

She has an overall experience of 22 years in banking, payments and tech. In 2020, she joined as a board member at Pepper Financial Services Group and in 2021, as a board member at Singapore's National Library Board.

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10 years in Citi

She spent nearly ten years at Citi in various roles. Then she spent another six years at Standard Chartered Bank, where her last role was managing director for retail banking and payment products in Singapore.

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Education background

She earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Andhra University. She then completed her MBA in 2000, from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), under Delhi University. She then pursued a course in leadership from Saïd Business School in Oxford University.

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Her appointment comes after Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp;

and Rajiv Aggarwal, Director of Public Policy resigned on Tuesday, November 15.

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Meta sacked 13 percent of its workforce — 11,000 employees globally including in India, across various teams.

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