Flipkart hires Google veteran to head product development at Myntra

myntraMyntra, part of Flipkart, appointed Ambarish Kenghe as Senior Vice President and Head of Product.

Ambarish will start working at Myntra’s Bengaluru headquarters by the end of this month and will report to CEO, Mukesh Bansal to scale up Myntra’s product road map.

His task at the app-based retailer will include “leveraging the mobile smartphone revolution in India.”

“With more than 15 years of experience in product development and management, Ambarish co-founded and led product management for Google Chromecast. He was instrumental in its conceptualization, making it one of the best selling electronic devices and one of the highly decorated hardware products from Google,” Myntra said.

In addition to the above roles, Kenghe was also a key member of the Google TV team that helped build the first android compatible TV.

Prior to Google, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company, Technical leader at Cisco where he worked on Catalyst 6000, a highly appreciated product. He has multiple patents from his work there.

“We are excited to have Ambarish join our leadership team to lead product management. He has an extensive experience in developing various world class consumer products including Google Chromecast. He will be driving product innovation to build the next generation of mobile products,” said Mukesh Bansal, CEO, Myntra and Head of Commerce, Flipkart.

Myntra was in the news for shutting down its website and focusing only on its mobile app. The move was seen as a risky one. However, Myntra’s parent Flipkart has a strong presence on the ‘open’ web, and some of the lost traffic would go over to Flipkart.

At present, visiting Myntra.com leads you to a page that urges you to download the app and offers to send you a link to the download source.

Excited about his new role, Ambarish said, “I am looking forward to being part of the amazing team obsessed with developing the best-in-class product experience for customers by constantly engaging in solving unique challenges for consuming & buying fashion online using technology & product insights.”

He further added, “I am also excited about moving to India where a large chunk of next billion Internet users will come from. India has a confluence of factors coming together to make it a once in a lifetime opportunity for technology professionals to make a difference.”

Ambarish holds an MBA from Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Purdue University and IIT Kanpur.
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