Anand Chandrasekaran, Director, Platform, Product Partnerships announces exit from Facebook

Anand Chandrasekaran
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Anand Chandrasekaran, Director, Platform, Product Partnerships, Facebook has announced his exit from the social media giant. In his two year stint, Chandrasekaran played an integral role building Messenger as a platform and bringing big-ticket clients such as Apple, Spotify, KLM, and T-Mobile on board.

Chandrasekaran’s exit comes close on the heels of the announcement of Neeraj Arora, Chief Business Office WhatsApp moving on from Facebook.

Prior to Facebook Anand Chandrasekaran has worked with noted companies including Snapdeal, Freecharge, Airtel, and Yahoo!

In his announcement, Chandrasekaran, said, thanked Facebook for ‘not only helped us move back internationally as well as giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to create impact.’

Read his entire exit note below,

Some personal news: a chapter comes to a close for me at Facebook. Grateful to help build the Messenger platform since 2016 and bring on not just large brands like Apple, Spotify, KLM, T-Mobile etc. but a global ecosystem of developers, now over 250,000.  Messenger also serves 1.4B people who interact with these businesses.

During my time @ FB, I was excited to also go back to muscles I had built working in India and exercise them in helping drive the company’s overall India strategy. It’s still early days.

Thank you to a company that not only helped us move back internationally as well as giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to create impact. The two lessons I will take with me among many are:

  1. Speak your truth: In any complex ecosystem, each person sees and brings unique perspectives. The temptation is always to wait for more data or to believe what feels true to us isn’t important enough to bring up. I learned to speak up even if your voice shakes.
  2. The best thing to do with power is give it away: Very few companies have this kind of soft power. I learned how this power can be placed in service of the community – through product features, advocacy or simply listen to a diverse perspective.

I look forward to what’s ahead, and the next chapter.


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