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Anand Chandrasekaran quits Bharti Airtel after 13 months

anandAnand Chandrasekaran, the product chief at Bharti Airtel, is stepping down from his post at the telecom operator, reports re/code. Chandrasekaran confirmed this move to re/code and said he plans to do something entrepreneurial in India. He will officially leave his position on the 10th of June.

Previously Bharti Airtel had appointed former Yahoo’s senior director for search Chandrashekaran as Chief Product Officer in April last year. It was a new designation created by Airtel, where he was responsible for improving the company’s data services and for the product strategy of Wynk Music, API products and Airtel Money etc. Chandrashekaran has resigned after 13 months of service.

Prior to Airtel he worked at Yahoo, where he helped the company integrate Yelp into search results. Chandrashekaran initially joined Yahoo in 2011 as senior director for mobile products and worked on mobile search and Yahoo Answers. He then became senior director for search in 2012 and focused on local listings, content partnerships and maps.

Prior to Yahoo, Chandrashekaran was venture advisor at Storm Ventures and Director of product management at Openwave. He had also co-founded Aeroprise Inc. a company that deployed mobility solution for IT Service Management.

Note that, Chandrasekaran’s appointment had come amidst a flurry of resignations by senior Airtel executives after Airtel India CEO and joint MD Gopal Vittal was promoted as the Managing Director and CEO (India & South Asia). In March last year, Sukesh Jain, Chief Marketing Officer of Airtel’s enterprise business, Delhi head Rohit Gothi, Tamil Nadu & Kerala head Vikas Singh and retail outlets head Mohit Parasher quit along with Nikesh Arora, Chief Business Officer at Google, who also resigned from Bharti Airtel’s board the same month.

Other changes at Airtel:

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– Bharti Airtel appointed Andrew Kossowski as chief information officer for its pan African network earlier this month. He took over from George Fanthome the previous CIO. In his new role, Kossowski is responsible for driving Airtel Africa’s IT strategy including bettering its execution capabilities, in the 17 African countries that Airtel operates in.

– In February, Manoj Kohli resigned from the board and stepped down as the non-executive director of Bharti Airtel. The exit was only from Airtel. The company clarified that he would continue to serve as the Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises. Kohli had previously resigned as the managing director and CEO (International) of Bharti Airtel, effective 1st April 2014.

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