Gupta will contribute to Google’s ongoing efforts to expand the internet ecosystem in the country, driving Internet adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation.
He will take on the role early next year and will be based out of Mumbai working closely with the teams based in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
“We are delighted to have Sanjay join us. We are excited to combine his expertise, experience and leadership with our teams and build further on our existing efforts in this highly dynamic, competitive and exciting digital economy, looking to build a more helpful and inclusive Internet for everyone in India,” said Scott Beaumont, President – APAC, Google.
“I am delighted to take on the challenge of leading and shaping Google’s charter in India,” Sanjay Gupta said on his appointment.
“It is an exciting opportunity to leverage the power of technology to solve some of India’s unique challenges and make Internet an engine of economic growth for people and communities.”
“I am happy to join the passionate teams across Google and look forward to contributing to India’s digital journey as it becomes an innovation hub for the world,” continued Gupta.
With a career spanning nearly three decades, Gupta joins Google from Star and Disney India where he was the MD. During that time, he played a pivotal role in Star becoming the largest media company in India.
Gupta played an instrumental role in extending their traditional television content to digital consumers through Hotstar. He is also widely credited for building their sports business via the acquisition of marquee cricketing properties and launch of the hugely popular kabaddi and football leagues: Pro Kabaddi League and Indian Super League.
Apart from his numerous strategic and business wins, Gupta also displays deep consumer understanding and has used it to build strong brands. During his time at Hindustan Unilever he led marketing for two of the company’s critical segments: Oral and Home care.
Then at Bharti Airtel as CMO for the mobile business, he spearheaded several successful sales and marketing initiatives. Gupta is a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata, and is an engineer from Delhi College of Engineering.