12/02/2016 11:11 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy To Step Down

Facebook India Head Kirthiga Reddy smiles while addressing the media at the Facebook office in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 18,2012. Facebook Thursday announced the opening of its new office in Hyderabad, local news reports said. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Facebook India managing director Kirthiga Reddy, the social networking giant's first employee in India, is stepping down from the job, she said in a Facebook post today.

The announcement comes a day after Facebook discontinued its Free Basics programme here following an adverse ruling by the telecom regulator. Reddy's move appears to be unrelated. She will continue at the company in India for another 6-12 months before moving back to the US, she said.

"When my family relocated to India, we knew that we would move back to the US some day. It's a bittersweet moment to share that the return timeframe is coming up in the next 6-12 months. Our two daughters start high school and middle school this coming year - which serves as a natural transition point to make this move back," Reddy posted on her page.

She added that she has begun exploring opportunities at Facebook back at Menlo Park.

“Over the last six years, starting as the first employee for Facebook in India, I have had the privilege to be part of our amazing growth journey -- from our operations in Hyderabad to being a business partner for our clients,” the post read.

Wrapping up her post, she said, "I'm grateful to have two countries to call ‘home, have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and look forward to the next one, and have the opportunity to partner with each of you."

Earlier in the week, India’s telecom regulator TRAI barred all telecom operators from offering discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content, implying that operators will have to charge the same price for data used, irrespective of website or app accessed by the consumer. Following this decision, Facebook shut down its controversial 'Free Basics' programme in India.

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