Sequoia Capital beefs up India leadership with three new hires

Sequoia Capital beefs up India leadership with three new hires
(L-R) Ajey Gore, Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Vasudeva Yadav  |  Photo Credit: Shailendra Singh's LinkedIn
5 Aug, 2020

Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital India has appointed a new chief marketing officer (CMO), operating partner and head of public policy, managing director Shailendra Singh said in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.

The company has appointed as its CMO Vasudeva Yadav, who also served as the CMO of Star India, to work out of its Bengaluru office. He will work closely with Sequoia Capital India’s portfolio CMOs to help them launch and grow brands, Singh said.

Former Gojek CTO Ajey Gore, its new operating partner (technology), will be based out of Singapore. He will work with the fund’s portfolio technology and product heads in the functions of building and scaling engineering, data science, product and design functions, Singh said, adding that he would expand on the contributions in the area made by the firm’s current director of technology, Anandamoy Roychowdhary.

Roychowdhary, who led the function for the past seven years, has transitioned into a full time investment advisory role as a principal with the Surge team, focused on software-as-a-service (SaaS), artificial intelligence (AI), developer tools and infrastructure investments, Singh said. Surge is Sequoia Capital India's accelerator programme for early stage startups in India and Southeast Asia.

Shweta Rajpal Kohli, who earlier served at Salesforce and headed public policy for India and South Asia at Uber, will lead Sequoia's public policy vertical. Apart from working with industry bodies and associations, and facilitating dialogue and collaboration between startups and governments in India and the Southeast Asia regions, Kohli will also advise the firm’s portfolio companies on public policy and regulatory topics, Singh said.

“Technology has become so mainstream and the impact on society so significant, that regulators around the world have stepped up their dialogue and collaboration with technology startups to help create an enabling environment. The Indian government has been particularly progressive with both pioneering innovations like Aadhaar and UPI, as well as proactive encouragement and enablement for startups through Startup India’s initiatives and institutions like NITI Aayog,” Singh added.