Meta’s ex-India policy head Rajiv Aggarwal joins Samsung: Report


Rajiv Aggarwal, Facebook parent-Meta’s former policy head for India is set to take a similar role at Samsung Electronics’s India unit as per a report in Bloomberg. The report quotes people with knowledge of the matter. “Rajiv Aggarwal will take up the position, which entails liaising with and lobbying government officials on domestic policy matters, from December, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the appointment hasn’t been made public,” says the report.
The news comes just a day after Meta India announced the resignation of Aggarwal and WhatsApp India head Abhijit Bose. “Rajiv Aggarwal has decided to step down from his role at Meta to pursue another opportunity. Over the last year, he has played an important role in leading our policy-led initiatives in areas such as user-safety, privacy and scaling up programs like goal to drive digital inclusion in the country. He has also been leading proactive engagement with critical policy and regulatory stakeholders. We are grateful for his contributions and wish him very best for the future. We are also announcing the appointment of Shivnath Thukral as our Director, Public Policy for Meta in India. Shivnath has been an integral part of our Public Policy team since 2017. In his new role, Shivnath will define and lead important policy development initiatives across our apps – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – in India. We remain committed to our users in India and will continue to contribute meaningfully to the regulatory process that will enable everyone to harness the full potential of India’s digital economy,” said Manish Chopra, director, partnerships, Meta India on his exit.
The exits of Aggarwal and Bose came just a fortnight after Meta’s India head Ajit Mohan resigned from the tech giant to join rival Snap Inc in a key position.
Who is Rajiv Aggarwal
An engineer by training, Aggarwal was previously head of South Asia policy with Uber Technologies Inc. He holds 26 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) and has worked as a District Magistrate in nine districts across the state of Uttar Pradesh. In his administrative tenure, he is said to have steered India’s first-ever national policy on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as Joint Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (M/o Commerce), and was instrumental in the digital transformation of India’s IP offices, as per the statement.
He has also been closely associated with the India-US bilateral trade forum, besides being India’s lead negotiator on IPRs with other nations.



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