The CEO of romance from IIT Kharagpur

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It’s not every day that you come across a Metallurgical Engineer leading the world’s largest dating app conglomerate. 

Sharmistha (Shar) Dubey ( B. Tech/ Metallurgy/1993)  was raised in Jamshedpur. She graduated in 1993 along with classmate Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet. With grit and determination she overcame all the challenges of being one of the handful female students on campus and finished her studies. After completing her studies she went back to Jamshedpur and worked in a steel company for a short while. She pursued a Masters from Ohio State University, USA and worked in several companies before joining Match Group in 2006. In her first job at an aerospace company in Philadelphia, she was the first foreigner and first woman who was hired and faced many challenges. She outworked and won over her colleagues with her hard work.

In 2017, Ms. Dubey was appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Tinder. She led the launch of Tinder Gold, which resulted in it being the highest-gross non-gaming app globally. The following year she was appointed President of Match Group, and in 2019, she was welcomed into the board of directors. 

After being promoted to CEO of Match Group at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Dubey, with her excellent business leadership acumen, led the corporation to new heights powered by video dating services. Millions of people, more than ever before in the history of online dating, were using Match Group apps like Tinder,, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, Ship, and OurTime to find love in the times of COVID. Ms. Dubey became the CEO of romance. This success prompted Fortive Corporation to appoint her to its board of directors in August 2020. Ms. Shar Dubey also won the Tech Leader of the Year award at Vogue Women Of The Year 2021.

Content Writer:- Arkaprabha Pal, Office of Alumni Affairs & Branding


Picture Credits: Shar Dubey

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