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Flipkart hires ex-MakemyTrip CTO, Microsoft cloud head

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    retailer Flipkart has made two important appointments in key engineering roles,
    as it looks to strengthen its technological expertise to take on rivals Amazon
    and Snapdeal.
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  • Ravi
    Krishnaswamy, University of Illinois alumni and former Microsoft employee, will
    serve as vice-president of engineering for infrastructure, and Sharat Singh

    • Online
      retailer Flipkart has made two important appointments in key engineering roles,
      as it looks to strengthen its technological expertise to take on rivals Amazon
      and Snapdeal.
    •  
    • Ravi
      Krishnaswamy, University of Illinois alumni and former Microsoft employee, will
      serve as vice-president of engineering for infrastructure, and Sharat Singh
      will be vice-president of engineering for content, reported
      Business
      Standard
      .
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    • At Flipkart,
      Krishnaswamy will understand and address challenges pertaining to organisation
      design and bandwidth, a key component of growth as the company gears up for
      millions of new users to burst onto the Internet in India.
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    • Krishnaswamy
      spearheaded the creation of Microsoft’s hybrid integration vision and strategy,
      synergizing investments across server, private cloud and public cloud.
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    • Singh, who
      in his previous stint served as CTO of travel portal MakeMyTrip, will lead the
      content management system team at Flipkart. His expertise will allow the
      company to use content to transform the online buying experience, while
      possible helping automate a lot of content creation.
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    • “Sharat
      makes an invaluable addition to the deep bench of executive talents at
      Flipkart. He brings with him an exceptional and strong operational capability
      with previous stints across leading organizations,” said Peeyush Ranjan,
      CTO and Head of Engineering at Flipkart, in a statement.
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    • Both Singh
      and Krishnaswamy are the latest in the line of top level hires at Flipkart,
      which in September hired Dawn Rawson – a key executive from the US operations
      of Amazon, apart from former Googler Ravi Byakod and Microsoft executive Anand
      Lakshminarayanan.
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    • Flipkart has
      been on a hiring spree ever since it appointed Punit Soni as its Chief Product
      Officer. Soni, a former Motorola executive helped with the revival of the brand
      under the ownership of Google.
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    • As
      competition in the Indian e-commerce space grows, it’s getting harder for
      Flipkart to maintain its leadership position. India-based rival Snapdeal, which
      is valued at $5 billion has said it will reach $10 billion in gross merchandise
      value by March 2016, a whole three quarters ahead of when Flipkart estimates it
      will reach that goal.

     

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