The first employee of Facebook in India, Kirthiga Reddy – the Managing Director of the company has resigned from her position here and has decided to relocate to the US. This announcement comes right after a disastrous week where the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) banned Facebook’s Free Basics Program, and also the company came under massive criticism after a board member praised colonialism.
Six years into the role, Kirthiga Reddy posted on her Facebook that she will be returning to the US with her family in the next six to 12 months as part of a ‘natural transition’ for her school-age children. Facebook said in a comment: “As she had planned for some time, Kirthiga Reddy is moving back to the US to work with the teams in headquarters. We are extremely proud of the work she has done to grow our global sales business in India.” She will work at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
“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,” Reddy wrote in the post.
A Facebook was also criticized after its board member, Marc Andreessen posted that India was better under colonialism and ought to be happy to have Facebook’s internet, even if there’s potential for Facebook to exert undue control over what users can access. Mark Zuckerberg – who rarely dives into controversy – posted a note to his Facebook page distancing himself from the board member. Andreessen apologized several times and has not tweeted in the days since, rare for the voluble venture capitalist.