Caesar Sengupta, the vice president and general manager of the Payments and Next Billion Users initiative at Google has stepped down after 15 years stint at the tech giant.
Sengupta will serve his notice period till April 30. “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,” Sengupta said in a post on LinkedIn.
“I leave Google, heart full of gratitude, joy and many many deep friendships. Am uncomfortably excited about the future. Wish me luck!” Sengupta said.
Sengupta not just led Google to make inroads in one of its top markets globally but was also instrumental in expanding the company’s digital offerings including the digital payments and its next billion users initiative, as part of which it has rolled out several products for new users. Sengupta joined Google in 2015.
“After 15 years with Google, Caesar Sengupta has made a personal decision to leave the company and start something entrepreneurial outside of Google. Through his time at Google, Caesar has played a key role in starting, building and leading initiatives such as ChromeOS, Next Billion Users and Google Pay. We are excited to see what he builds next and wish him the best in his new journey,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Sengupta was the key person behind the launch of Google Pay (then Google Tez) in 2015, which has emerged as the second most used UPI app in the country after PhonePe. Earlier this month, the app also updated its India policy to give Google Pay users increased control over their transaction data.
As part of the Next Billion initiative, Google has rolled out several apps like Files, Datally, Camera Go, Kormo Jobs and the now-defunct Neighbourly apart from making its core products like Search, YouTube and Android work better for users in India and other emerging markets.
Sengupta also led strategic investments and acquisitions by the search giant in local companies including Jio Platforms, InMobi’s Glance, and Dunzo. Previously, he also helped start and led the ChromeOS team which powers Chromebooks.