April 2, 2019 / 6:25 AM / 7 months ago

Google India VP heads to Sequoia Capital

A woman walks past the logo of Google during an event in New Delhi, India, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

(Reuters) - Google's vice president for India and Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, is joining Sequoia Capital India as a managing director, the U.S.-based capital venture firm said bit.ly/2VdVD5R on Tuesday.

Anandan will leave Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, at the end of April, according to a statement issued by Google’s Asia Pacific chief Scott Beaumont earlier on Tuesday.

An active angel investor in early stage technology companies, Anandan has been at Google India for eight years and previously held key positions at McKinsey & Company, Dell Inc and Microsoft India.

At Sequoia Capital India he will join six other managing directors and work on developing Surge, Sequoia’s program that aims to ramp up early stage startups in India and Southeast Asia.

“Rajan Anandan will join the leadership team at the firm ... where he will focus on developing Surge into the world’s top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the program’s founders,” Sequoia said in a blog post announcing Anandan’s appointment.

Mentors of the Surge program already include Uber’s Amit Jain and WhatsApp’s Neeraj Arora, as well as executives of Indian hospitality firm, OYO Rooms, Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment company, Go-Jek, and Indian food search and delivery service, Zomato.

Anandan will be replaced by Vikas Agnihotri, country director, sales at Google India in the interim, Beaumont said in his statement.

Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Susan Fenton

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