Snapdeal appoints ex Bharti Airtel senior exec on board

Jasper Infotech, which owns and operates online marketplace Snapdeal.com, has named former Bharti Airtel senior executive Anand Chandrasekaran, as its Chief Product Officer.
Snapdeal appoints ex Bharti Airtel senior exec on board
Jasper Infotech, which owns and operates online marketplace Snapdeal.com, has named former Bharti Airtel senior executive Anand Chandrasekaran, as its Chief Product Officer.
The announcement comes three months after Snapdeal's biggest rival, Flipkart, brought on board former Google executive Punit Soni to fulfil a similar role, and is the latest in a series of leadership level appointments announced by the New Delhi-headquartered Snapdeal over the past 12 months.
"Snapdeal is in a phase of hyper growth and I believe under Anand's leadership we will set new benchmarks for intuitive and highly engaging products not just within India but globally as well," said Rohit Bansal, co-founder and chief operating officer, Snapdeal.
Chandrasekaran's appointment comes at a critical time for Snapdeal, as it looks to evolve from being just an e-commerce marketplace, where it competes with Flipkart, India's largest e-commerce company, and Amazon, to creating a complete products and services eco-system, similar to that created by Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group.
"I look forward to working towards building a highly scalable, sustainable, innovative and future ready technology platform that will be seen as an example for others to emulate in the years to come," said Chandrasekaran in a press statement released by the company.
Chandrasekaran joins Snapdeal at a time when the company has also seen two of is senior executives - Chief Financial Officer Aakash Moondhra and Chief Technology Officer Amitabh Misra - quit the company earlier this year.
Prior to joining Snapdeal, Chandrasekaran served as chief product officer at telecommunications major Bharti Airtel, where he was responsible for product conceptualisation, design and delivery as well as driving strategic technology partnerships, driving product strategy and roadmap for Wynk Music, Airtel Money, API products, according to the press release.
His additional responsibilities included, product and operations for Airtel Online, an e-commerce service, and MyAirtel app with over 28 million monthly users and with a GMV of over $1 billion.
Chandrasekaran has also worked with global technology and internet giant Yahoo, where he held roles of Sr. Director of Search Products and member of search leadership as well as Sr. Director for Mobile.
"We are very excited to have Anand on-board. He comes with 15 years of rich experience in building world class products for at scale digital businesses," Snapdeal's Bansal said.
Chandrasekaran's appointment also comes at a time when Snapdeal, through a series of strategic acquisitions, has signalled its ambition to build a services platform to stand out in an online marketplace, which so far has been dominated by array of products from cameras to apparel and furniture.
"I am truly excited to be a part of the young and dynamic team at Snapdeal. The company's vision to solve a real and existing challenge in the country - that of access for consumers and of reach for small and medium businesses is very inspiring," he said.
In May, the company, which has been undertaking a massive organisational re-jig, brought on board former Cisco and Symantec executive Gaurav Gupta as its vice-president - Engineering.
Prior to Gupta's appointment, Snapdeal, in April earlier this year, named former Unilever Plc executive Vivek Patankar as senior vice-president - finance, and former Bharti Airtel executive Jayant Sood as its chief customer experience officer.
Both, Bengaluru-based Flipkart and Snapdeal, have been beefing up their leadership teams over the past 12 months, as they continue to jostle for pole position in India's exploding e-commerce sector.
Also in April, Flipkart named Hari Vasudev, the former Yahoo India R&D Head, as a senior vice-president for engineering, IT & analytics for the supply chain unit headed by co-founder Binny Bansal.
 
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