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Rishi Jaitly bids adieu to Twitter India

Jaitly has decided to move on after spending four years at the popular microblogging website.

Rishi Jaitly, vice-president, media partnerships, Asia Pacific & Middle East North Africa, Twitter, has decided to quit the company after a stint of four years. He will be with Twitter India until the end of November, and thereafter move back to the United States for a new opportunity.

Rishi Jaitly bids adieu to Twitter India
Jaitly announced his decision to move on via a tweet: "Today, after 4 years of user/business momentum in India and the region, I'm sharing my intention to move on to new opportunities, same mission."

According to an email sent by Suresh Vaidyanathan, head - communications, Twitter India, to afaqs!, there will be a smooth transition as Jaitly's last day would be in late November this year, post which he will move back to the United States. He will, however, remain engaged in India, as he pursues new opportunities to harness the power of technology and scale of mass media to empower voices, particularly in emerging markets.

"We thank (Rishi) Jaitly for his contributions, entrepreneurship and leadership over the past four years at Twitter. He was our first person on the ground to bring Twitter into the high-growth Indian market. He has created bold, strategic partnerships to enter and grow new markets for Twitter, and has successfully built up our media partnership teams across the Asia Pacific and Middle East," says Vaidyanathan.

Jaitly's efforts made Twitter the go-to place for TV and media organsations, government agencies, sports bodies, entertainment companies and influencers to publish their content first and engage with their audience every day. "He (Jaitly) led our efforts to make Twitter the national zeitgeist for millions of users across the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including Twitter's first international live streaming deal for the Melbourne Cup in Australia," says Vaidyanathan. "We wish him all the best, and will continue to invest in these important regions to make Twitter the best way to see what's happening right now around the world," he adds.

Jaitly joined Twitter India on November 1, 2012 and has been responsible for leading media partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this, he led Twitter's market development efforts in India and Southeast Asia. Previously, he led public-private partnerships (PPP) in India for Google, and served as an aide to then-CEO Eric Schmidt.

Earlier, he was a director at both the Knight Foundation and College Summit, and the founder and executive director of Michigan Corps and Kiva Detroit. Jaitly earned his Bachelor's degree from Princeton and is a winner of the University's Class of 1901 Medal. He is also a former Trustee of Princeton University.

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