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A file photo of Facebook India managing director Kirthiga Reddy, who said that It will be business as usual over the next 6-12 months. Photo: Mint
A file photo of Facebook India managing director Kirthiga Reddy, who said that It will be business as usual over the next 6-12 months. Photo: Mint

Facebook India head Kirthiga Reddy steps down

The company has started looking for a successor to Reddy, who would be moving to Facebook's headquarters in the US in the next 6-12 months

New Delhi: Kirthiga Reddy, managing director for Facebook India, on Friday said she has decided to quit the world’s largest social networking firm due to personal reasons.

This comes at a time when Facebook Inc. is winding down its Free Basics program aimed at proving free but limited Internet access to people in the country after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) barred differential data pricing earlier this week.

“When my family relocated to India, we knew that we would move back to the US some day. It’s a bittersweet moment to share that the return timeframe is coming up in the next 6-12 months. Our two daughters start high school and middle school this coming year— which serves as a natural transition point to make this move back," she said in a Facebook post.

Reddy said she will be working closely with William Easton, managing director of emerging markets (APAC) at Facebook, and Dan Neary, vice-president of Asia Pacific at Facebook, to search for her successor in India.

“It will be business-as-usual over the next 6-12 months. I am working closely with William Easton and Dan Neary as we search for my successor in India," she said. “I have also begun to explore new opportunities at Facebook back at Menlo Park."

Reddy joined the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company in July 2011 and is credited to be the first Indian employee for the firm.

“I could not be more excited about where the Facebook business is in India, where we are going and what’s to come. Over the last six years, starting as the first employee for Facebook in India, I have had the privilege to be a part of our amazing growth journey—from our operations in Hyderabad to being a business partner for our clients as they build their brands and grow their business in this mobile-first world," she said.

Prior to joining Facebook, Reddy worked at companies including Motorola, Inc. and Phoenix Technologies.

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