Principal, New Business Development, Google
Debu Purkayastha is Principal for New Business Development at Google. He has a wide mandate spanning several key strategic focus areas across EMEA, India & other regions. Until very recently Debu was Google’s Principal for Corporate Development, spearheading its M&A and Investment efforts in EMEA & other regions. This included the acquisition of ITA Software (travel search), Gizmo5 (VoIP), Phonetic Arts (text to speech), Green Parrot Pictures (video image processing), Zynamics (security software), Quiksee (video mapping) amongst several others.
Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team in EMEA & in a (distant) past life was a Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley and London.
Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive areas including Palestine, Iraq etc focusing on entrepreneurship & other economic development initiatives.
He also sits on the Boards of Fon and Mobile Planet, and the Advisory Board of Sadara Ventures. He has a MBA from London Business School & is a qualified Chartered Accountant.