Ajit Mohan Exits Meta In India, To Join Snap As Asia-Pacific Head

During Ajit Mohan's tenure, Facebook invested $5.7-billion in Jio Platforms in April 2020 and launched WhatsApp Business in India.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Ajit Mohan. (Photo: Reuters)</p></div>
Ajit Mohan. (Photo: Reuters)

Ajit Mohan, the head of Meta Platforms Inc. in India, has quit the world's largest social network to join Snap Inc. as head of the Asia-Pacific region.

"After almost four years leading Meta (Facebook) in India, I am stepping down from my role," Mohan said in a Linkedin post late Thursday. "I am absolutely proud of the work the team and I have done to create impact for people, creators and businesses around the country."

"Am also excited to share that I am going to lead the Asia Pacific region for Snap and be a part of the company's executive team. Can't wait to get started!"

Meta Platforms, too, confirmed his exit in an email.

“Ajit has decided to step down from his role at Meta to pursue another opportunity outside of the company,” Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of global business group at Meta, said in a statement. "We remain deeply committed to India and have a strong leadership team in place to carry on all our work and partnerships. We are grateful for Ajit’s leadership and contribution and wish him the very best for the future.”

Mohan joined Meta, then Facebook Inc., in January 2019 as vice president and managing director of the India business. During his tenure, Facebook invested $5.7-billion in Mukesh Ambani's Jio Platforms Ltd. in April 2020, launched Instagram Reels and WhatsApp Business in India, and waded through India IT Rules that saw WhatsApp sue the government over end-to-end encryption.

Before Facebook, Mohan was with Star Network for seven years. He played an instrumental role in launching the media firm's streaming platform Hotstar -- now part of Walt Disney Inc.

Since 2021, he has served as the vice president of Internet and Mobile Association of India, a not-for-profit industry body.

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"When I took on this role (at Meta), my objective was to build a team and a company that would be a valuable ally to India and play a useful role in fuelling its economic and social transformation," Mohan said on Linkedin. "This is exactly what we have managed to do in the last four years."