Sequoia Capital has announced a slew of appointments, including its new marketing chief, public policy head and an operating partner, as the marquee Silicon Valley-headquartered venture capital firm expands its India leadership team.
On Tuesday, the blue-chip venture capital firm, which is one of the most active investors in Asia’s third-largest economy, named former Star India senior executive Gayatri Vasudeva Yadav as its new chief marketing officer, and Ajey Gore, the former technology head at ride-hailing major Gojek, as an operating partner.
It has also appointed Shweta Rajpal Kohli as the head of public policy. Kohli, prior to joining Sequoia Capital, was the director of government affairs and public policy for India and South Asia for US-based software giant Salesforce.
“To give a boost to our efforts across several important areas, we’re excited to welcome these three widely respected senior executives to the Sequoia Capital India team in roles that will help us expand the work we do to build startups alongside our founders,” Shailendra Singh, managing director at Sequoia Capital, wrote in a note posted on professional networking platform LinkedIn.
Yadav, who will be based in Bengaluru, will also work closely with the investment firm’s portfolio chief marketing officers, to help them launch and grow brands, the note said.
Separately, Gore will work with Sequoia portfolio chief technology and product officers, by providing insight and expertise in building and scaling engineering, data science, product and design functions, and helping them build and mentor high-performing teams.
The firm also said that Anandamoy Roychowdhary, its director of technology, has now transitioned into a full-time investment advisory role as a principal with its Surge team, focused on SaaS, artificial intelligence, development tools and infrastructure investments.
The public policy role is a newly created one by the investment firm, with Kohli, who will be based in New Delhi, expected to work with various industry bodies and associations, and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between Sequoia’s portfolio companies and governments across India and Southeast Asia. She will also advise Sequoia’s portfolio companies on public policy and regulatory topics.
The announcements come less than a month after the firm closed a $1.35 billion India venture and growth fund, the largest corpus by the blue-chip Silicon Valley fund for the region.
This takes Sequoia Capital’s total assets under management for India to an estimated $5.4 billion, spread across the seven funds it has raised till date, and through which it invests in India and Southeast Asia.