Former head of product Snapdeal Anand Chandrasekaran closes Facebook

Anand Chandrasekaran, who until recently has been head of Facebook platforms and affiliates based in Menlo Park, left the company, said sources close to growth. His departure ends in a two-year period, which began in September 2016, where he had joined to work on Facebook's popular Messenger product.

Chandrasekaran, who is also an active angel investor in the India ecosystem, is said to be exploring external opportunities in the bay area, people close to the development reported to the ET.

Sources told he told ET that while the 40-year-old had originally joined Facebook to work on the giant's Messenger platform, "he started overseeing India's business, acting as a bridge between the two markets." its largest market, with over 250 million active users.

Another person who knows the evolution has told ET that over the past six months, Chandrasekaran has been looking at WhatsApp, especially for the Indian market. It is not clear if he was the person who had the payment product based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). WhatsApp, like its parent company Facebook, also considers India as its largest market.

A former Yahoo executive, Chandrasekaran joined Snapdeal at the time of e-commerce in India was at its peak. Players like Flipkart and Snapdeal have shed millions of dollars to hire Silicon Valley executives, which is when Chandrasekaran joined the Indian e-tailer. Before that, he was the head of the Bharti Airtel product.

While it is not clear what Chandrasekaran will do next, there have been speculations about him who started his own venture.

When he came in contact, he did not comment on his departure from Facebook.

Some of his biggest investments in angels in India include rupee, co-operating Innov8, contactless searches, Tonetag, online fashion for offline Fynd, Nobroker, among twelve others.