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By Ahmed Rahma

One of the brains behind the payments initiative at Google, Mr Caesar Sengupta, has announced that he will be leaving the organisation in about a month’s time.

In a post on Monday, the head of the tech giant’s payments initiative said his last day at Google would be April 30, 2021.

The senior Google executive, who has worked with the company for 15 years, however, did not reveal his next destination or step after leaving the organisation next month.

“My last day at Google will be April 30th. I haven’t decided what I will start next,” he said in his post on LinkedIn.

The vice president and general manager of payments also expressed optimism about the future of the tech giant.

“I remain very positive about Google’s future but it’s time for me to see if I can ride without training wheels,” he said.

Mr Sengupta, who is based in Singapore, was also one of the key people behind the launch and success of Google Pay in India and helped the payment app’s re-launch in the United States and Singapore.

The payment facility is now used by over 150 million users in 30 countries.

Google reacts

Meanwhile, in an emailed statement to Reuters, a Google spokesperson said, “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.”

Sengupta exploits at Google

As Vice President and General Manager of Payments & the Next Billion Users initiative at Google, he lead Google’s efforts in building innovative, helpful products for new internet users around the world.

Mr Sengupta who is passionate about applying technology to solve today’s most challenging problems team launched Google Pay in 2015 to help make payments faster, easier and more secure.

Today, Google Pay has over 150 million monthly active users across 30 countries.

He also led the Next Billion Users Initiative at Google where his team is responsible for the creation of products and tools that drive more inclusive access to the internet like Files, Camera Go, Kormo Jobs, etc.

They also work with teams across Google to make their core products like Search, YouTube and Android work better for the Next Billion Users.

Throughout his career at Google, he has led multiple acquisitions and strategic investments for Google. Among the recent strategic investments were Indonesia-based GoJek and Indian-based startups Glance, Dunzo and Reliance.

He also helped start and lead the ChromeOS team that built ChromeOS (#2 OS globally) which powers Chromebooks.

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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