Anand Chandrasekaran

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Anand Chandrasekaran
Born Coimbatore, India
Residence Delhi, India
Nationality India
Alma mater PSG College of Technology
Stanford University

Current Director, Facebook

Former CPO, Snapdeal

Anand Chandrasekaran is an Indian-born business executive who works for Facebook Inc.[1] on developing partnerships and global strategies for Facebook Messenger. Previously, he was the Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal,[2] one of India's pre-eminent Internet companies as well as Chief Product Officer of Bharti Airtel, the third largest mobile operator in the world.[3][4]


Chandrasekaran holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.[5]


After graduating from Stanford University in 2001, he co-founded Aeroprise,[6] one of the early innovators in personalized mobile applications software. Aeroprise had some of the world's largest enterprises as customers and was acquired by BMC Software in 2011.[7]

In 2011, he joined Yahoo and was a well-regarded product leader.[8] During his stint there, he worked on the partnership with Yelp and its integration into Yahoo Search.[9] This partnership was similar to content deals announced by Apple and Microsoft.[10]

In 2010, Anand was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.[11] In 2014, he was hired by CEO Gopal Vittal to join Bharti Airtel in the newly created position of Chief Product Officer, in charge of conceptualizing and delivering new products [12] and reporting to Consumer Business head Srini Gopalan.[13] In 2014, he helped launch Wynk Music,[14] and led the partnership with Google as the exclusive network partner in India for Android One.[15] Anand subsequently moved to e-commerce firm Snapdeal in 2015 in a similar role.[16] Anand has invested in 15 start-ups to date, including food tech start-up Innerchef, online healthcare firm Pluss, online dating platform Aisle, planar transducer headphone company Audeze and smartphone firm CREO.[17]

He is also a Producer of the award-winning HIV-AIDS related documentary Tapestries of Hope [18] and has been an advisor to Storm Ventures.[19]


  1. ^ Newley Purnell (September 19, 2016). "Facebook Inc. Hires Anand Chandrasekaran". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Biswarup Gooptu (Jun 12, 2015). "Bharti Anand Chandrasekaran Joins Snapdeal as new Chief Product Officer". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Anindita Singh Mankotia (Apr 8, 2014). "Bharti Airtel hires Yahoo's Anand Chandrasekaran as Chief Product Officer". The Economic Times. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Kara Swisher (Apr 7, 2014). "Former Yahoo Exec Chandrasekaran to join India's Bharti Airtel". California: Re/Code. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ DLD. "DLD Conference Speaker". Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Vance McCarthy. "Aeroprise eases Wireless AppDev for Developers". Retrieved 30 September 2004. 
  7. ^ "BMC Software Acquires Aeroprise". BMC Software. Jul 7, 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Kara Swisher (March 27, 2014). "The guy who just got Yelp on Yahoo is leaving Yahoo". California: CNBC. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  9. ^ AFP. "Yahoo partners with Yelp to win users away from Google". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Kevin Shalvey (March 12, 2014). "Yahoo Partners with Yelp to Add local search content". California: Investor's Business Daily. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "12 Indians and 4 NRIs among Young Global Leaders". Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Sainul K Abudheen. "Ex Yahoo exec Anand Chandrasekaran joins Bharti Airtel as products Chief". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Press Trust of India. "Bharti appoints Anand Chandrasekaran as Chief Product Officer". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Vikas SN. "Anand Chandrasekaran quits Airtel". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Richard Nieva. "Android One: Google's push to rule the smartphone world". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  16. ^ ET Bureau. "Former Airtel CPO Anand Chandrasekaran joins Snapdeal". Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  17. ^ SHRUTIKA VERMA. "Angel investor Anand Chandrasekaran to focus on investee companies". Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  18. ^ Tapestries of Hope. "About the Movie". Retrieved June 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ "Anand chandrasekaran joins bharti airtel as chief product officer". India: Light Reading. Apr 14, 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.