Peeyush Rajan

E-commerce marketplace Flipkart has appointed former senior director of engineering at Google Peeyush Ranjan as its head of engineering, reports Re/code. Just like fellow Googler and Flipkart’s new chief product officer Punit Soni, Ranjan is expected to report to the CEO of the Commerce Division Mukesh Bansal.

In his most recent role, Ranjan headed the engineering team for Google’s Android One project. Prior to that, he had served as the VP Engineering of the Motorola Mobility division, till it was a part of Google. Ranjan was with Google for close to 9 years. Before joining Google, Ranjan had worked as the engineering manager for over two years at Hewlett-Packard. He had also worked as a software developer for about 2 years at Microsoft, at the start of his career.

This is an important appointment for Flipkart: Ranjan’s extensive experience of engineering for mobile devices will come in handy, at a time when the e-tail giant is apparently looking to become an app-only platform. It shut down its mobile site, last month, and is believed to be also considering shutting down its desktop website, even though that seems unlikely because Flipkart stands to lose a major chunk of its customer base. Interestingly, Myntra has already shut down its mobile website and is expected to follow suit with its desktop website on May 1. It makes sense for Myntra, because it already receives more than 90% of its traffic and 70% of its orders from its mobile app.

Flipkart on a recruitment overdrive this year

– Earlier this month, Flipkart had appointed former Yahoo India R&D Head Hari Vasudev as senior VP of engineering, IT & analytics for Flipkart’s Supply Chain team. At the same time, Hathway Cable & Datacom’s president (digital platforms) Anand KV was appointed as senior VP of customer experience (commerce platform), and txtWeb co-founder Manish Maheshwari as VP and head of seller ecosystem.

– Last month, McKinsey’s Saikiran Krishnamurthy was appointed as COO of Commerce Division.

– The company had also appointed Tata Communications Global CFO Sanjay Baweja as its CFO, former CEO of Calvin Klein India Rishi Vasudev as its VP of fashion (retail), and Parameswaran Balakrishnan as its VP of HR for supply chain, last year.

Top management reshuffle

In November last year, Flipkart had reshuffled its top management and gave Myntra founder Mukesh Bansal more responsibility. Bansal had joined Flipkart after it acquired Myntra in May last year. Following the reshuffle, Bansal started heading marketing besides leading all functions related to fashion. He was also made responsible for categories like computers and consumer electronics. At the time, former marketing chief Ravi Vora had been reassigned and tasked with ‘building consumer brands from the ground up’, while Flipkart Marketplace head Ankit Nagori also got a higher profile, and was expected to oversee general merchandise and book-retailing.

Apparently, Flipkart has reserved about 2.5% of its capital for possibly expanding its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) as it plans to bring on board more top executives, as indicated by this ET Tech report.

Note: Peeyush Ranjan’s name had been incorrectly spelled as Peeyush Rajan in the headline. It has now been corrected.