India: Ex-FlipKart exec Saran Chatterjee joins Housejoy as CEO

Saran Chatterjee, new CEO of Housejoy

Saran Chatterjee, a former vice-president with e-tailer FlipKart, has joined Housejoy, a home services marketplace, as its chief executive officer, according to a press statement.

In his new role, Chatterjee will be primarily responsible for expanding existing operations of the company in terms of services and geographies.

Prior to joining Housejoy, Chatterjee was with Flipkart as VP of Product Management and also a key part of the company’s leadership team for three years. At FlipKart, he played a key role in scaling the company’s strategy, setting up and hiring the product management, design and operations org, heading the consumer experience and platforms teams and running P&L for the advertising business.

“I am very excited about the home services industry and joining Housejoy – which is already the leader in this space. Still early days in this challenging sector but the market is large and that presents the opportunity to organise the supply and  shape the customer experience,” Chatterjee said.

He further added, “The crucial piece here is in meeting or exceeding the customers’ expectations and in the process building the confidence and trust in their minds towards the Housejoy services and brand.

Chatterjee was also with Yahoo for about six years in various roles, including senior director for global product management, business management and operations director, among others, the statement said.

Launched in January 2015, Housejoy is operated by Bangalore-based Sarvaloka Services On Call Pvt Ltd. The company provides a variety of services including maintenance and home repairs to plumbing, electrical, computer repairs and also specialised services in beauty and in-house bridal make-up. It currently operates in nine cities and claims to fulfil 4,000 orders a day.

Sunil Goel, co-founder Housejoy said, “We aim to become a one-stop destination for quality home and personal services. We believe that Saran brings in skills and expertise that will help us in achieving this”.

The company recently raised $4 million in series A funding from Matrix Partners. It competes with the like of LocalOye, Timesaverz, UrbanPro, Taskbob and Qyk in its space.

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