Flipkart announces new additions to leadership

Hari Vasudev appointed as Senior VP, Engineering, IT & Analytics for Supply Chain vertical, Anand KV as Senior VP, Customer Experience, Commerce Platform and Manish Maheshwari as VP & Head of Seller Ecosystem

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Apr 4, 2015 2:28 PM
Flipkart announces new additions to leadership

Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, today announced the appointment of Hari Vasudev as the Senior Vice President- Engineering, IT & Analytics for Supply Chain vertical.

Vasudev, in his role, will spearhead the charter to build innovative supply chain products and services enabled by technology, focusing on key areas such as robotics, mobile, IOT and data sciences.  He will help Fllipkart scale and build the business and address customer needs even more effectively.

Binny Bansal, Co-founder and COO - Flipkart said, “Hari, with his rich experience, has built and scaled organizations across multiple domains in the software industry. His expertise will help us in transforming supply chain in India by using technology to create a highly differentiated customer experience at a very large scale.”

Prior to Flipkart, Vasudev worked with Yahoo! Inc. as the VP & Center Head. He played a key role in the growth of the center, working on a range of end-to-end consumer products and various platform products in the consumer and advertising domains. Vasudev spent over eight years at Yahoo and held various leadership positions within the search and platforms teams. He also has experience in working with diverse technology companies in the Silicon Valley.

Commenting on his move, Vasudev said, “This is a fantastic opportunity. Flipkart is transforming e-commerce in India by constantly raising the bar on customer-centricity. Supply chain has been a core differentiator for Flipkart and I look forward to contributing positively in this exciting journey.”

Vasudev has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Flipkart appointed Anand KV as the Senior Vice President, Customer Experience - Commerce Platform. Anand will be responsible for driving the customer experience charter for Flipkart’s marketplace. 

"As Flipkart scales and ventures into newer territories within the ecommerce space, the need to maintain our focus on a superior customer experience has become paramount. We are confident that Anand, with his depth of experience in the customer engagement space is a great fit to lead Flipkart in this initiative." said Mukesh Bansal, Head- Commerce Platform, Flipkart. "He is well recognized in the industry for his disciplines in execution, and for delivering productive results."

Prior to Flipkart, Anand spent over 18 years in the satellite broadcasting and Direct To Home (DTH) satellite television industry across Middle East, Hong Kong and India.  During his long years in the DTH industry, he created the model for service delivery, customer advocacy and made Tata Sky synonymous with great customer service. In his last stint, Anand worked with Hathway Cable & Datacom Ltd., as President – Digital Platforms.

"It’s very exciting to work for a company that’s shaping the e-commerce ecosystem in India." said Anand KV. "From the very beginning Flipkart’s key differentiator in the ecommerce industry has been its exceptional customer service. I’m keen to be a part of this family and Flipkart’s journey and take the customer engagement story to the next level."

Flipkart has roped in txtWeb Co-Founder - Manish Maheshwari as VP & Head of their Seller Ecosystem.

In his new role, Maheshwari will be responsible for driving key initiatives such as seller acquisition, enablement & growth – and helping to beef up the overall seller ecosystem team.

Commenting on Maheshwari’s appointment, Ankit Nagori, SVP – Marketplace  said, “Manish’s experience leads to him having a great understanding of SMEs in India. He has a proven track record of building cross-functional teams with a constant focus on customer experience. This will add a lot of value to the business as we move towards becoming a best-of-breed seller ecosystem that’s simultaneously centered around the customer.”

As the co-founder of txtWeb, Maheshwari grew the company from scratch to make it a large marketplace for text-based apps with over 16 million mobile users in India alone. Prior to founding txtWeb, Maheshwari was the Head of New Markets, Global Business Division at Intuit, one of the world’s leading provider of software products for SMEs and retailers. 

"I am extremely delighted to be a part of Flipkart and intend to help in accelerating the growth of sellers on its marketplace platform. Flipkart’s business is all about its customers, and to provide them with an extensive selection of products, we need to continuously work hand-in-hand with the upcoming entrepreneurs on our platform – who are the true drivers of our business”, commented Maheshwari.

An MBA graduate from Wharton Business School, he has also worked at McKinsey, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on new market entry and growth strategy in technology, e-commerce and consumer spaces.

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