Ravi Venkatesan in discussions to join Amazon India, sources say

Former Infosys cochairman Ravi Venkatesan is currently in talks about potentially joining Amazon India as either a board member, chairman or a senior advisor.

Ravi Venkatesan is currently in talks about potentially joining Amazon India - UPudukottai- Facebook

The Economic Times reported a source close to the matter as saying: “Venkatesan is looking at multiple offers and has held multiple discussions with Amazon since last year.” The publication also reported that Venkatesan is also in discussions about taking up a role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. However, it is not clear what the role is and whether this would be as well as or instead of his proposed role at Amazon India.

Venkatesan is a former Co-Chairman of Infosys and has also worked as the Head of Microsoft India. Venkatesan himself has so far refused to speak about the talks or his future plans, as has Amazon India. However, speculation was raised last week when Venkatesan stepped down from his position at Infosys and said that the reason was to “pursue [an] exciting new opportunity.”

Amazon India’s Country Head, Amit Agarwal, is also rumoured to be eyeing up a global role with Amazon based in America. However, Agarwal has denied this and says he will continue to focus on India. As Amazon India has so far has no formal India-based board, questions are arising as to whether this will change as the company continues to invest heavily in the online sector and Walmart’s takeover of Amazon India’s rival Flipkart makes for a strong American presence in the region.

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