Airtel s former chief product officer Anand Chandrasekaran quit the company last month after having being at the helm for 13 months. Snapdeal has now snapped up Chandrasekaran, who joins the e-commerce site as their chief product officer. Also Read - Airtel 5G service rollout: Airtel and Tata Group partner for Made in India 5G networkAlso Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
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 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, Rohit Bansal Co-Founder, Snapdeal said. Also Read - Airtel launches new Rs 456 prepaid plan: Check data, validity, call and other benefits
Previously Anand was with Yahoo, where he held roles of Sr. Director of Search Products and member of search leadership as well as Sr. Director for Mobile. He led the mobile product and engineering teams to build next generation mobile experiences, product growth, monetization, content discovery and personalization for products like Mobile Search, Y! TimeTraveler and Yahoo! Answers.
Having spent 13 months at Airtel, Chandrasekaran had a key role to play in the company s music service Wynk as well as revamping the My Airtel app. During his stint, the carrier also partnered Google for Android One and became the first offline partner for selling Xiaomi smartphones at its retail outlets.
Anand Chandrasekaran (@anandc) June 10, 2015
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, Chandrasekaran said about his move to Snapdeal.
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.
Snapdeal has seen a huge growth in its fight with rivals like Flipkart and Amazon India. The e-commerce firm raised about $1 billion last year, including $627 million from Japan s SoftBank. It has also been on a acquisition spree having acquired companies like Freecharge for around Rs 2,800, as well as picked up stakes in RupeePower and logistics venture GoJavas. More recently, it acquired Hyderabad-based mobile technology startup MartMobi.