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Yahoo! India promotes Pranesh Anthapur to COO research & development

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MUMBAI: Yahoo! India has promoted Pranesh Anthapur to COO of its research and development centre.

In his capacity, Anthapur will head up operations as well as bring new ideas to the company's R&D center in Bangalore. He will work with the senior management team to put Yahoo! India R&D on a growth trajectory and will spearhead Yahoo!'s move to the new office, which is scheduled for early next year, informs an official release.

Anthapur recently moved to Bangalore from Sunnyvale, the Yahoo! HQ in California. He brings with him experience in talent acquisition, talent development and cross border general management. Anthapur is a seven year Yahoo! veteran and has held several key positions in both the US and other International locations. Prior to moving to Bangalore, he was VP for Yahoo!'s International HR and HR Mergers and Acquisitions group in Sunnyvale.

"The Bangalore Development centre is growing rapidly and currently employs over 800 knowledge workers and plans to cross the 1000 mark in headcount by the end of this year. We welcome the expertise in the field of global talent and operations that Pranesh brings with him to Yahoo! India R&D," said Yahoo! India Research & Development CEO Venkat Panchapakesan.

"In his new role, Pranesh will provide direction to all the operational areas of the center including business planning and process enhancements," Panchapakesan added.

Another recent addition to Yahoo!'s Bangalore centre is Pete Deemer who moved from Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale office to become the Chief Product Officer of Yahoo! India Research and Development, adds the release.

Deemer who joined Yahoo! Inc in 2003 till recently held the position of VP - product development, overseeing Yahoo!'s product development practices, product quality and integration efforts under the chief product officer.

In his new role, Deemer is closely aligned to the CPO office in Sunnyvale, USA. He is helping the Bangalore office define the strategy for the products being built and evolving the product development process besides incubating some new product initiatives. He will also be a player in the India specific initiatives recently started by the company.

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