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Flipkart hires Tarun Jain as head of products for online ad business

tarunjainEcommerce player Flipkart has hired Tarun Jain to head the products division of its online advertising business, reports ET Tech. Jain will be responsible for business strategy, product roadmap and execution, partnerships and customer adoption. He will relocate to Bangalore and report to senior vice president Ravi Garikipati who functions as Flipkart’s entrepreneur-in-residence.

Prior to Flipkart, Jain worked at Twitter as the group product manager in San Francisco area, where he was responsible for product strategy of various ads and commerce products. Before this he was the lead product manager at Google in Mountain View, where he worked on AdWords Express, Dynamic Ads and Google offers etc. Jain was also one of the founding members on Bing Ads at Microsoft, where he was the senior product manager. He also holds various patents in advertising to his name.

Other hires at Flipkart:

– Earlier this month, Flipkart hired former Google executive Surojit Chatterjee to head consumer experience across desktop and mobile.

– Around the same time, Flipkart hired MakeMyTrip’s chief technology officer Sharat Singh as vice president of engineering for content. At the same time the company also hired Ravi Krishnaswamy as vice president of engineering for infrastructure.

– Late last month, Flipkart appointed Samardeep Subandh as its chief marketing officer where Subandh would be focusing on gaining customer insights, customer centricity and communications.

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– In the same month, the company hired Sriram Venkataraman as the CFO for its commerce platform and Pramod Jain as VP and head of taxation. Venkataraman would head all aspects of the finance functions and drive its business and strategy.

– In April, the company also appointed Peeyush Ranjan as Head of Engineering, joining from Google.

– In March, Flipkart appointed Puneet Soni as its chief product officer, who joined from Motorola Mobility.

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

Recent departures and moves to advisory roles

– Last month, Mekin Maheshwari, Flipkart’s Chief People Officer, moved to an advisory role at the company.

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– Ravi Vora, CEO of Strategic Brands at Flipkart quit in September, after a little over four years at the company.

– Flipkart’s CTO Amod Malviya moved to an advisory role earlier, while its Head of Engineering Sameer Nigam quit. More here.

– CEO’s of two firms acquired by Flipkart also left recently: Anurag Dod of Adiquity and Tanuj Mendiratta of Appiterate.

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