Snapdeal executive joins Facebook, and other personnel movements this week


The festive season is just a month away and the activity within Indian e-commerce behemoths is starting to get intense. And there are several personnel changes to match, whether it is Flipkart and Snapdeal making room for 10,000 temporary jobs, or Myntra hiring Shopper Stop's Manohar Kamath to lead its fashion brands category, or Amazon India snapping up a new Chief Marketing Officer.

This trend seems to be catching on even this week, with e-commerce players still making certain executive shuffles to leave no stone unturned for the busy shopping days ahead.

Former Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal, Anand Chandrasekaran announced joining Facebook Messenger this week

Snapdeal ropes in new supply chain head

Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal announced the appointment of Mayank Jain as the head of its supply chain function, this week.

Expected to spearhead the complete operations and supply chain function, Mayank has been a part of the company since March 2013. Being appointed as the Vice President to the Supply Chain Management team in January 2015, Mayank originally joined as Head of Seller Services.

He will be succeeding Ashish Chitravanshi, who was leading the team prior to this announcement.

OYO appoints a general counsel

Hotel aggregator OYO appointed Smriti Subramaniam as General Counsel or the main lawyer who will consult the company. As a part of her role, she will also lead the Diversity and Culture mandates at the startup.

Having an experience of 15 years in legal practice, in her previous stint Smriti was the legal counsel for more than two years at British Petroleum.

Faircent has a new Chief Product and Technology officer

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Faircent last week announced the appointment of Shakti Goel as their Chief of Product and Technology.

Having a track record for more than 20 years, Shakti has a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is an IIT Delhi graduate. He has worked with multinationals like Oracle Corp, Fidelity and HCL Info-systems in US and India.

Former Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal Anand Chandrasekaran joins Facebook

Declaring the news on his Facebook wall, Anand Chandrasekaran said that he will be working for Facebook’s Messenger App. Taking up a global role, Anand reportedly will be working out of Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

His new role will involve developing and executing strategies as well as partnerships for the platform.

As an angel investor, Anand has already put some of his bets on Indian startups, crossing more than 15 investments across various sectors.

Ecomm Express appoints head for country operations

Logistics solution provider Ecomm Express appointed Dilip Sharma as Senior Vice President and Head-Country Operations.

In his new role, Dilip is expected to work closely with the leadership team in spearheading operations to ensure productivity and efficiency across the value chain.

At his previous stint with Flipkart, Dilip was heading third-party logistics operations for the Fulfilment Service Ecosystem (FSE) of the company.

Although not high in volumes, this week has seen some of the bigger startups strengthening their executive positions. With the pressures increasing to perform and raise investments for startups, it will be interesting to see the personnel movements taking place in these startups in the coming weeks.