Singhal has been instrumental in shaping Google Search to seamlessly work across desktop, mobile and other devices. A Google Fellow, and former head of the core ranking team, he served for over fifteen years in the company.
Founder & CEO, Paytm, Vijay Shekhar Sharma said, “Amit is a pioneer in the technology industry and we are incredibly excited to welcome him to Paytm’s board. We believe his strong expertise in Artificial Intelligence and experience in building large deeply technical teams will be extremely valuable to Paytm as we continue to grow rapidly.”
Singhal, 48, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 176. One of the earliest team members, he rewrote the path-breaking search algorithms written by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. He graduated from IIT Roorkee and has a doctorate in Computer Science from Cornell University.
“I have always admired Paytm for its innovative payment products and vision for financial inclusion. I’m delighted to be joining their board,” said Singhal. “I have a lot of respect for Vijay and his team, and look forward to working with them.”
Singhal will be the 11th member on the board of Paytm which includes, apart from Sharma, SAIF Partners Directors Ravi Adusumalli and Vivek Mathur, Alibaba representative Jing Xiandong, Neeraj Arora from Whatsapp Inc and Tata Sons Chairman emeritus Ratan Tata.
The appointment comes in at a time when Paytm is all set to go live with its ambitious payments bank launch post Diwali this year.