Times Internet has announced the appointment of Rishi Jaitly as CEO of Times Global Partners. He was earlier serving as Twitter’s Asia-Pacific And Middle East North Africa VP when he resigned earlier this month.
The move came close on the heels of Times Internet’s growing intentions to scale up its investments and partnerships with global technology and media platforms, who look upon India as a growth opportunity.
Times Global Partners claims to have closed deals that have facilitated India market entry and growth for Uber, Airbnb, Coursera, Vice, Huffington Post, and others.
Satyan Gajwani, Vice Chairman, Times Internet stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Rishi to the Times Group. In the last decade, under Rishi’s leadership, both Twitter and Google have successfully entered the Indian market, immersing themselves in every segment of the country’s business, media and digital landscapes. With Times’ resources and Rishi’s global perspective, capabilities and proven ability to lead, we are well positioned to enable the success of global companies in India and scale our business by orders of magnitude. ”
Rishi Jaitly is a technology and media executive with more than 15 years of experience in scaling digital platforms in India, Asia and beyond. In his four years at Twitter, Jaitly led the company’s entry into India, as Country Head and later as Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa.
Earlier in his career, he was a member of Google’s original India management team, helping build the India business, while also leading strategic partnerships and public affairs for the company in South Asia.
Jaitly has previously served as an Aide to Google Chairman/CEO Eric Schmidt and is a Director of the Knight Foundation, America’s leading investor in new media and journalism innovation. He is also a former Trustee of Princeton University, Director of College Summit and the Founder of Michigan Corps, Kiva Detroit and India Voices.
As stated by Jaitly, “My mission has always been to harness the power of technology and media to ensure we fully realise the untapped potential of people, communities, and markets. Joining Bennett Coleman as CEO of Times Global Partners advances my mission and the work of building bridges to and within India. Expanding on the success Times Global Partners has already enjoyed, I’m looking forward to building a global business that creates value for The Times Group and global business partners who share our excitement for the India opportunity.”
It has not been an easy road lately for micro-blogging site Twitter. In the beginning of this month, Twitter India got another blow as its Managing Director for India, Southeast Asia and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Parminder Singh stepped down, just two days after Jaitly resigned. In July 2016, Asia Chief of Twitter, Shailesh Rao also quit the company, amidst several reports of cash crunch and a potential sale of the company.