facebook: Facebook hires three new directors to support its Partnerships work in India

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Facebook has hired three new directors for its Partnerships team in India. The social media company has got onboard Francis Jose, Manohar Hotchandani and Paras Sharma to its Partnership team. All three of them will report to Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships at Facebook India. Francis Jose is the new Director of Mobile & Connectivity Partnerships for India and will drive engagements across the Telecom, ISP & Mobile devices industries in India. He joins Facebook from Samsung India Electronics and prior to that he has worked at Blackberry, Reliance Communications, Airtel, Aptech & BPL Mobile. Over the past 21 years, he has held responsibilities across a wide spectrum of roles including network engineering, business development, sales & distribution as well as strategic partner management. Manohar Hotchandani joins as Director, Business Development and will be working across multiple opportunities in India, with a keen focus on growing Gaming, Commerce, AR/VR. He joins Facebook from Amazon where he led the Alexa voice service (AVS) business post a long stint at Microsoft across multiple roles. Paras Sharma will be the Director for Media Partnerships and lead the charter across News, Entertainment, Sports and Music verticals for both Facebook and Instagram. Paras comes with 23 years of experience with global media organisations like Viacom CBS Asia, Fox International Channels and ESPN Star Sports. He has worked across various functions including media, creative, content production, acquisition & programming, OTT platforms, marketing and business management and has led teams in diverse regions including India, SEA, China and Japan.

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