Two days after closing down its controversy-ridden Free Basics programme, Facebook India Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy stepped down from her current role and will relocate back to the US.
In a Facebook post, Reddy says she will exit in 6-12 months and go back to the US.
Reddy said she along with William Easton, Managing Director of Emerging Markets (APAC) and Dan Neary, VP Asia Pacific, have started looking for her successor in India.
Facebook on Thursday shut down ‘Free Basics’ in India, days after telecom regulator TRAI barred operators from charging discriminatory rates for Internet access based on content.
“When my family relocated to India, we knew that we would move back to the US some day. It’s a bittersweet moment to share that the return timeframe is coming up in the next 6-12 months. Our two daughters start high school and middle school this coming year – which serves as a natural transition point to make this move back,” Reddy says in the post.
She also describes her future plans in the post and says she has “begun to explore new opportunities at Facebook back at Menlo Park”. “Over the last six years, starting as the first employee for Facebook in India, I have had the privilege to be part of our amazing growth journey,” Reddy says.
She ends her post saying, “I’m grateful to have two countries to call “home,” have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and look forward to the next one, and have the opportunity to partner with each of you.”