Snapdeal, an online marketplace, has brought on board Harish Sivaramakrishnan as vice president, design. He will lead the design teams across the company's portfolio of products and build a design studio across the Delhi and Bengaluru offices. This is an expansion of his current role at FreeCharge where he is currently heading the UX, design and the front-end engineering teams. He will now play a key role in product design as Snapdeal turns its focus to building a world-class technology platform with the most intuitive web and mobile interface.
Sivaramakrishnan holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani. He is also a well-recognised musician and part of the acclaimed band 'Agam'.
Speaking about his appointment, Sivaramakrishnan says, "Snapdeal's growth in the technology space has been unprecedented, and it gives me great pleasure to be a part of this young and energetic team. Over the years, I have been extremely passionate about building great consumer experiences in the Indian e-commerce space. I was fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to bootstrap the FreeCharge design team and now look forward to building a uniform design sensibility across Snapdeal's entire digital commerce ecosystem."
The technology team at Snapdeal claims to be 1000-people strong currently and the company is looking at doubling it by the end of this year. The company has significantly ramped up its technology leadership team and has hired senior leaders from across the globe. Chandrasekaran, ex-CPO, Bharti Airtel, Gaurav Gupta, formerly India head of Scalearc, Amitava Ghosh, ex-CTO, TaxiForSure, Viraj Chatterjee, ex-director, engineering, Adobe Systems and, most recently, Rajiv Mangla, ex-VP, engineering, Adobe Systems, have all joined Snapdeal as core members leading key functions within the product and technology team.
In February 2010, Kunal Bahl, along with Rohit Bansal, started Snapdeal which claims to be India's largest online marketplace, with the widest assortment of 15 million+ products across 500+ diverse categories from thousands of regional, national, and international brands and retailers. Snapdeal has partnered with several global marquee investors and individuals such as SoftBank, Alibaba, Foxconn, BlackRock, Temasek, eBay Inc., Premji Invest, Intel Capital, Sequoia Capital and Ratan Tata, among others.