RedMart today announced appointing Sanjeev Bijapur as its Head of India Operations. According to the official statement, Bijapur’s role will entail establishing and leading RedMart‘s new development centre in Bangalore, India.
“We are extremely excited to have a brilliant architect like Sanjeev who understands the complexity of e-commerce at scale,” said Roger Egan, Co-founder and CEO, RedMart.
According to Egan, Bangalore has a large pool of tech talent with substantial e-commerce domain expertise with companies such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, Flipkart and Manhattan Associates.
Todd Kurie, VP Marketing, RedMart shared with e27 that they met Bijapur through an INSEAD alumni in Silicon Valley. “He has been advising us from the start and has seen us grow over the past three years.”
Kurie shared that while online grocery stores have been growing fast in India, RedMart does not plan to enter the country with its online grocery proposition. It aims to rope in best engineers for its Bangalore development centre to innovate a new e-commerce company with great ambition for Southeast Asia.
Formerly Bijapur was Lead Solution Architect at Tesco.com. At Tesco, he was a part of the Tesco Global IT Department, reporting to the Tesco IT Head. For the past five years, he built and led the Tesco Direct Solution Architecture team in its Bangalore development centre. He was also responsible for re-platforming Tesco’s IT systems.
Rajesh Lingappa, Co-founder and CTO, RedMart expressed, “Sanjeev has successfully led a large development centre and knows how to make it work effectively. We view the new Bangalore operation as an extension of our Singapore office, as opposed to being merely an offshore development centre. We are confident in Sanjeev’s ability to build the talented team of engineers to scale our operations and innovate along the way.”
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RedMart recently raised a US $5.4 million round of funding led by Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The online grocery store had then shared that the funding shall be used to upgrade technology and infrastructure.
“I believe in the ambitious vision of the RedMart founders and I am amazed at what the relatively small team of engineers at RedMart has accomplished in these few years. They are innovating rapidly and using bleeding-edge technology,” said Bijapur. “I see this as an opportunity to build on the talent RedMart has already assembled, work on disruptive technologies, and lend my experience in architecting large-scale systems as they grow,” he added.
The e-commerce system Bijapur helped architect at Tesco was able to comfortably handle over 10,000 orders an hour this past Christmas season, shared an official release.
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