23 September 2015 14:36:45 IST

Flipkart hires experts from Amazon, Google, Microsoft

Flipkart, the country’s largest online marketplace, on Tuesday said it has appointed Dan Rawson as head of customer logistics and supply chain ecosystems, Ravi Byakod as director of engineering – accounting and Anand Lakshminarayanan as head of product management for digital goods and services.

The three executives, with significant experience at Amazon, Google, Microsoft and eBay, are the latest in a series of senior technology experts from the world’s best technology companies to join Flipkart’s enterprise in Bengaluru.

Dan Rawson will oversee all aspects of customer delivery solutions, leading product, business, and operations teams to advance the way Flipkart uses technology to expand delivery while maintaining a consistently excellent experience for consumers.

A former Captain in the US Marines, Rawson joins Flipkart from Amazon in Seattle, where he was general manager of fulfilment in North America. In that role he led a team responsible for managing all aspects of an operation that annually moves ‘tens of billions of dollars’ worth of goods from third-party sellers to Amazon customers. Prior to Amazon, Rawson managed strategy and business development teams at Dell, including as director of worldwide public segment mobility solutions and director of global transformation strategy.

Rawson holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

As director of engineering – accounting, Ravi Byakod will lead accounting technology for Flipkart. His team is charged with building a scalable and flexible accounting platform for both existing and new Flipkart businesses that will provide an accurate picture of the company’s finances.

Byakod spent more than nine years working for Google before joining Flipkart. Most recently, he served as head of engineering for Google for Work’s Technology and Solutions team, developing data warehouses, customer relationship management programs and partner engineering solutions out of its Mountain View, California, headquarters. At Google, he managed engineering teams in the company’s Ads, AdSense, Billing/Payments, Apps and Chrome divisions, and has experience leading remote teams, including in India.

Byakod holds an MS in Computer Architecture from the University of Alabama.

Anand Lakshminarayanan will lead the expansion of Flipkart’s digital product offerings, following the company’s success as the leading online marketplace for physical goods. Prior to this, Lakshminarayanan spent a year working for Microsoft in Hyderabad, as Principal Group Program Manager of Applications and Services, leading the product team responsible for MSN Sports, MSN Money and MSN Health & Fitness for mobile devices and the web worldwide.