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Twitter names Manish Maheshwari new India MD

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New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2019 5:52:57 AM

The appointment comes at a time when there are growing concerns over spread of misinformation on social media platforms across the world, especially India.

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Twitter on Monday said it has appointed Manish Maheshwari as the managing director of its India operations.

The appointment comes at a time when there are growing concerns over spread of misinformation on social media platforms across the world, especially India.

Maheshwari, who previously served as the CEO of Network18 Digital, will take over the new role from April 29. Prior to Network18, Maheshwari has worked with Flipkart, txtWeb, Intuit, McKinsey and P&G.

He will report to Twitter vice-president and managing director of Asia Pacific, Maya Hari, and will be based in Delhi, Twitter said in a statement.

India is among one of the biggest markets for social media companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter considering the large base of young population and increasing penetration of smartphones.

Last year, Taranjeet Singh had stepped down as the India country director and Balaji Krish was given charge of leading the operations in the country.

Krish will now return to Twitter’s global headquarters in San Francisco to resume his role as global head of revenue strategy and operations.

“India is one of the fastest growing audience markets globally for Twitter…Twitter continues to invest in India and its leadership team,” the company statement added.

In his new role, Maheshwari will be responsible for driving an integrated business strategy to accelerate Twitter’s audience and revenue growth in the country, overseeing Twitter India’s teams in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the statement said.

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“I’ve been a Twitter user for more than 10 years now and I’m excited to lead Twitter India now to greater heights in the country. With premium Indian content on the rise in multiple regions across the country, I believe we are scratching the surface of what’s possible with Twitter in India,” Maheshwari said.

He added that he is bullish about the overall impact that Twitter India can create in the country and the influence of India on Twitter’s global platform.

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