Search engine giant Google Inc scored a major headhunting victory on Tuesday as it announced that it hired Rajan Anandan, until recently managing director of Microsoft’s Indian operations, as its India head.
Anandan, a Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus, had briefly been an investor after leaving Microsoft. He earlier worked for computer maker Dell and consulting firm McKinsey.
From February, Sri Lankan-born Anandan will be Google’s vice-president of India sales and operations. Incumbent managing director Shailesh Rao will be MD, media and platform sales, Japan and Asia-Pacific.
“We always hire the best talent available. India is an important growth country for Google,” said Daniel Alegre, president for Japan and Asia-Pacific.
Anandan may likely aid Google in a field in which he had a key role to play in Microsoft — serenading independent software developers. Google is busy boosting its Android and Chrome OS platforms that rival Windows.