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Facebook elevates Indian-origin executive Karandeep Anand to head Workplace

Workplace, the London-based Facebook division, is a communications tool for companies and businesses

Press Trust of India 

Before joining Facebook, Karandeep Anand spend 15 years at Microsoft in various key roles
Before joining Facebook, Karandeep Anand spent 15 years at Microsoft in various key roles. Photo source: LinkedIn

Karandeep Anand, an Indian-origin senior executive of Facebook, will head the social media giant's enterprise communications tool Workplace, the company has announced.

Anand, who worked at for 15 years before joining nearly four years ago, will work closely with Julien Codorniou, the vice president who has been the leader of Workplace, CNBC reported.

Workplace, the London-based division, is a communications tool for and businesses.

Anand will handle the product team, which includes developers, engineers, researchers and data scientists, while Codorniou will remain in charge of sales and partnerships, a Facebook spokeswoman was quoted as saying in the report.

At Facebook, Anand has been the head of product for a number of other divisions, including Marketplace, Audience Network and Ad Solutions, the report said.

"I'm excited to now be part of the journey of bringing to across the globe and help them unlock the potential of their biggest asset - people," Anand wrote on his LinkedIn profile.

The spokeswoman said: "We're thrilled that Karandeep is joining as its new head of Workplace, effectively immediately.

"Karandeep joins Workplace from Marketplace, and brings with him a wealth of experience from both a consumer and enterprise background. We're excited to have him on board".

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In its two years of existence, Workplace by Facebook has big-name customers like Walmart, Starbucks and Chevron, the report said.

However, it is behind its rivals like and in the enterprise communications software market.

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Workplace is used by 30,000 organisations, according to a Facebook report in October 2017.

Teams is used by 329,000 organisations while by 500,000 organisations, including 70,000 paying organisations, the CNBC report added.

First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 12:04 IST