Facebook India MD steps down

“I can’t think of a better place to be at,” Umang Bedi had expressed during his appointment at Facebook in 2016

Umang Bedi, the India Managing Director of social networking giant Facebook, has resigned from the role, just over a year after he joined the company.Facebook India, in a statement, confirmed the development, saying, "Umang Bedi will be leaving his role atFacebook at the end of this year".

He was mandated to lead strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies in the country. Prior to Samsung, Bhushan was vice president, digital for HT Media. Bedi, who joined Facebook last July, will stay with the company for another three months for a smoother transition, the company said. At Adobe, Bedi was responsible for growing their business in India and helping India grow to amongst the leading markets for Adobe.

India is the second largest user base for Facebook globally, after the US.

Bedi was appointed as the Managing Director in mid 2016. He is now developing strategies and partnerships for the social media platform. The pared-down version is intended for users with old smartphone models or slow Internet connections. The aim of the initiative is to enable local entrepreneurs to earn a steady income by providing quality Internet access to neighbours.

"This will first be available on Android and mobile web, as these are the most widely-used platforms in India", said Facebook's Health Product Manager Hema Budaraju and Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes in South Asia.

India is the second largest market for Facebook after the U.S. and Bedi was confident of India's contribution to Facebook's next billion user base.

These efforts seem to have come to fruition, now that India has overtaken the USA to become the social networking platform's largest country-based audience.

Umang Bedi has put down his papers.

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