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Nishant Rao, 37

Global COO

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Rao moved from linkedin to Chennai-based CRM trailblazer Freshdesk in November, because “the opportunity to build the next global company from India was inspiring”. He left on a high, securing larger budgets for a marketing plan that had been initially mocked by HQ. By the time Rao finished his stint, LinkedIn India had not only become self-sufficient but many among its top management had moved to APAC roles. Rao also served a term as chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India.