Google Vice President Caesar Sengupta steps down from the company

Caeser Sengupta steps down from Google

Caesar Sengupta, the vice president and general manager of the Payments and Next Billion Users initiative at Google, has resigned from his position. Ceasar who travelled with the tech giant, leading multiple initiatives for 15 years will be stepping down on 30th April. After joining Google in 2005 as an engineer, ‘Vice President and General Manager – Payments and Next Billion Users (NBU) Initiative’ will be the last designation held by Mr Sengupta while stepping down.

Sengupta announced his decision on various social media platforms, Twitter and LinkedIn. He wrote, “After 15 wonderful years at Google I have decided to venture out and start on a new mission. I remain very positive about Google’s future but it’s time for me to see if I can ride without training wheels.”

Further thanking Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai, Sengupta wrote, “I am incredibly grateful to this wonderful company and our leadership, especially Sundar, who took a bet on me, a novice PM (product manager), a decade and a half back, sponsored me, gave me the opportunity to learn, grow, make mistakes and build deep friendships that I will cherish forever.”

While working at Google, Ceasar worked on many key projects such as Chrome OS, Next Billion Users, Google Pay, etc. Currently, Google Pay is the second-highest transacted third payment app on UPI in India. Sengupta had led one of Google’s most talked-about projects, ‘Next Billion Users (NBU), an initiative by Google to build products for the next wave of internet users, especially from countries, which have mobile-first internet users.

Sengupta wanted to breach the gap in the ratio of male and female internet users. As part of the NBU initiative started about six years ago, Google has rolled out several apps like Files, Camera Go, Kormo Jobs and Read Along (earlier Bolo) and the now-defunct Datally and Neighbourly apps apart from making its core products like Search, YouTube, Google Assistant and Android worked better for users in India and other emerging markets. It also brought internet connectivity to hundreds of railways stations in the country through the Google Station programme, which was discontinued last year.

Sengupta has led strategic investments and acquisitions by the American search giant into companies such as Jio Platforms, InMobi’s Glance, and Dunzo. Previously, he also helped start and led the Chrome Os team which powers Chromebooks. Mr Sengupta’s departure comes amid a boom in the digital payments business in India, where the sector is expected to more than double in size to $135 billion in 2023 from two years ago, according to Indian industry body ASSOCHAM.


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