Umang Bedi, the Managing Director at Facebook, is leaving the company after completing more than a year with the company. The company said that he would continue with Facebook India for another three months to ensure a smooth transition. Sandeep Bhushan, who is director of a consumer at Facebook, has been named as the interim director. Mr. Bhushan is also a former Samsung IT & Mobile Business Director and The Digital VP of HT Media.
The social network said in a statement, “We confirm that Umang Bedi will be leaving his role and Facebook at the end of this year. He’s built a really strong team and business during his time with us, and we wish him all the best.”
Bedi joined Facebook in June 2016 succeeding Krithiga Reddy, who had served that position for over five years but ended her journey amid the company’s ongoing tussle with the Indian regulator over Free Basics. Reddy has now moved to the company’s headquarters in the US.
Umang Bedi had previously worked at Adobe and Symantec in senior positions. He had led several initiatives, including many business-to-business partnerships at Facebook.
TRAI banned Free Basics last year, but since then, Facebook has launched Express Wifi which is another attempt at the Free Basics program, which brings connectivity to the masses. Over the months, Facebook has been scaling Express Wifi’s reach in the country, returning it to more villages.
For Facebook, India is the second largest after the US with 180 million users. Another significant change took place in September 2016 when former Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal, Anand Chandrasekaran, was persuaded to work its messenger app.