Sandhya Devanathan Is Meta’s New India Head: 5 Points To Know

Meta India gets new head: All you need to know about Sandhya Devanathan

Sandhya is an alumnus of prestigious educational institutions in India and abroad. Here’s a look at these institutions and their national and international ranking.

On Thursday, Meta announced it has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the Vice President of its India unit, a role in which she will head the company’s business in the country.


Devanathan takes over as head of Meta’s India branch during a challenging time for the company, which recently let go of more than 11,000 employees, or 13% of its workforce. According to Reuters, the CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, made an expensive bet on the metaverse project, increasing the company’s overall spending by a fifth in the third quarter. Who is Sandhya Devanathan and what is her career trajectory? We explain in depth. 

Facebook-parent Meta Thursday appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the new Head and Vice President of its India business. She joined the company in 2016 and helped build its Singapore and Vietnam business and also worked on the company’s e-commerce initiatives in South East Asia.

Sandhya is an alumnus of prestigious educational institutions in India and abroad. Here’s a look at these institutions and their national and international ranking.

BTech at Andhra University

Sandhya graduated with a BTech degree from Andhra University College of Engineering in 1998. The engineering college is located in Vishakhapatnam and is one of the sought-after colleges in the state with a National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) of 77 in the engineering category. The institution is ranked at the 71st spot in the NIRF Overall university rankings 2022.

MBA at Delhi University

After completing her graduation, Sandhya appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam and got admission to the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University to pursue MBA degree.

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FMS is one of the premier management institutes of the country. However, reportedly it does not participate in any national or international rankings. Although Delhi University is ranked as 23rd best university in the country in the overall NIRF ranking. It is also included in 321-330 ranks in the Times Higher Education (THE) MBA rankings 2022.

Leadership programme at Oxford university

Devanathan also pursued a course in leadership from Oxford University’s Said Business School. The university is ranked at ninth position in the QS World University Rankings 2022 for business and management.

  1. Ms Devanathan is a global business leader with 22 years of experience and an international career in banking, payments and technology. She completed her MBA from Delhi University’s Faculty of Management Studies in the year 2000, as mentioned in her LinkedIn profile.
  2. She joined Meta in 2016 and helped build out the Singapore and Vietnam businesses and teams as well as the tech giant’s e-commerce initiatives in Southeast Asia. In her new role, Ms Devanathan will report to Dan Neary, Vice President at Meta Asia-Pacific.
  3. In 2020, Ms Devanathan moved to lead the company’s gaming efforts in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, one of the largest verticals for Meta globally.
  4. According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Devanathan is a strong advocate of women in leadership and promoting diversity at the workplace. She is the Executive Sponsor for [email protected] at Meta as well as the global lead for Play Forward, a global Meta initiative to improve diversity representation in the gaming industry.
  5. Ms Devanathan’s LinkedIn profile says she also serves on the global board of Pepper Financial Services.

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