Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari is moving to the US, in the role of the Senior Director, Revenue Strategy and Operations, focused on the new markets. He will be reporting to Deitra Mara, Senior Director, Global Strategy & Operations at Twitter.
Twitter has confirmed the move in a statement. Its senior executive Yu Sasamoto confirmed the news by tweeting.
Moving to the US
Sarah Personette, Twitter, Chief Customer Officer, in an email to employees of the company, said, “After supporting the team for over 2 years as our India country director and head of India, Manish will be taking on a new role in San Francisco as Senior Director, Revenue Strategy and Operations focused on New Market Entry — reporting to Deitra Mara.”
According to the email, Kanika Mittal, current head of sales in the company and Neha Sharma Katyal, the current business head, will co-lead India and report to Yu Sasamoto, VP of Twitter JAPAC aka Twitter Japan.
“Instead of a single country director, the India Leadership Council will guide and support the team, moving forward… as we continue to invest in India as a strategic, high growth market for our company,” Personnette said in the email.
“I want to share a massive thank you with Manish for all he has done as our India lead — especially during extraordinarily challenging times. I’m excited to see you in the new role, where you can leverage all that you have learnt in leading India to help impact the rest of the company,” the email read.
For Maheshwari, it has not been an easy few months, as the standoff between Twitter and the government continued. Twitter was the last social media company operating in India that complied with the new IT rule of appointing a resident grievance redress officer.
Twitter and India
The standoff between the government and Twitter escalated when the former reinstated the accounts for people, which the government asked the microblogging platform to remove.
Later, Twitter India and the US headquarters were named as one of the accused in the case filed by the police in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on 15 June for sharing a video of an assault on a 65-year-old person in the city, which was fake. Uttar Pradesh Police had sent notice to Maheshwari under Section 160 and Section 41A for appearing before the police in Ghaziabad for further inquiry.
While a Muslim ruffian had manhandled the old man, a bunch of leftist and Muslim journalists had projected it as a case of Hindu intolerance.
This was challenged by Maheshwari and he filed a petition in the Karnataka high court. While the high court had quashed the complaint by UP Police, according to a source, it could have led to the move.