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Anand Chandrasekaran quits Facebook: report

Anand Chandrasekaran, director of platforms and product partnerships at Facebook, has stepped down from his role, reports the Economic Times. Chandrasekaran had joined Facebook in 2016 to develop its Messenger application. MediaNama has reached out to Chandrasekaran and will update this if we hear from him.

Prior to Facebook, he was chief product officer at Snapdeal for a year. He served the same role at Snapdeal for a year and Bharti Airtel for 2 years, where he worked on Wynk Music and Airtel money.

He also served as director of search at Yahoo! where he joined 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, Chandrasekaran 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.

Recent moves at Facebook

  • Facebook has seen a string of departures and replacements; most recently, Brendan Iribe, VR headset maker Oculus’ co-founder left the company. Oculus was founded in 2012 and was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. Iribe’s co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook in March last year under unclear and dicey circumstances.
  • Prior to that, in September, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger quit the company. Facebook soon promoted Adam Mosseri, VP of product at Facebook, to head of Instagram.
  • Earlier this year, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, who was also a board member of Facebook, quit the company after disagreements with the Facebook leadership over privacy and encryption. Facebook promoted then Facebook VP of product Chris Daniels as WhatsApp CEO.

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