1. Flipkart ropes in Android One chief as head of engineering

Flipkart ropes in Android One chief as head of engineering

Continuing a spate of high-level hirings, online marketplace Flipkart on Thursday announced the appointment of former Google executive Peeyush Ranjan...

By: | Bangalore | Published: April 10, 2015 3:59 AM

Continuing a spate of high-level hirings, online marketplace Flipkart on Thursday announced the appointment of former Google executive Peeyush Ranjan as senior vice-president and head of engineering.

Ranjan spent the last nine years at Google in its Mountainview headquarters in California, where he managed Google’s Android One engineering group. He has also managed Motorola’s Value Devices engineering group and was managing director of Google India for research and development.

Sachin Bansal, CEO and co-founder, Flipkart, said:”I am delighted that Peeyush will be moving from the Bay Area to Bangalore to play this important role in Flipkart’s further development. The fact that world-class talent like Peeyush and Punit Soni before him are joining Flipkart proves India has arrived as the next centre for technology development.”

Ranjan will work closely with Mukesh Bansal, head of the Flipkart Commerce Platform and the commerce platform’s leadership team to augment its technology infrastructure. He holds degrees in computer science from IIT-Kharagpur and Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

“Peeyush’s experience in managing Google’s engineering group in India and his expertise in mobile is a tremendous addition to Flipkart’s outstanding technology team. His passion for working on innovative projects will be extremely valuable,” said Mukesh Bansal.

Last week, Flipkart announced the appointment of Hari Vasudev, a former vice-president and centre head at Yahoo, as senior vice-presiden, engineering, IT and analytics, for the supply chain vertical. At Flipkart, Vasudev will work towards building supply chain products with special emphasis on areas like robotics, mobile, Internet of Things and data sciences.

Flipkart has made a string of high-level appointments from marquee companies in the recent past to scale up its brand value as well as strengthen key functions. In November last year, the company appointed former Tata Communications global CFO Sanjay Baweja as its CFO.

The same month, the company roped in former Calvein Klein India CEO Rishi Vasudev as vice-president for fashion retail. The induction of Aditya Agarwal, vice-president of engineering at US-based technology firm Dropbox, into Flipkart’s board followed soon after.

Last month, Flipkart announced the appointment of former Google top executive Punit Soni as its chief product officer. Soni, a former vice-president of product management at Motorola, is to lead product innovation at Flipkart for the e-tailer’s consumer products, marketplace and transaction platform.

TECH THAT
* Ranjan spent the last nine years at Google in its Mountainview headquarters in California
* He has also managed Motorola’s Value Devices engineering group and was Google India md for R&d
* Ranjan will work closely with Mukesh Bansal, head of the Flipkart Commerce Platform and the platform’s leadership team to augment its tech infrastructure

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