Facebook is turning to Karandeep Anand to spearhead Workplace, the company’s communications tool for companies.
Karandeep, who worked for 15 years at Microsoft in product management and then clocked in close to four years at Facebook, will head the London-based unit.
“I’m excited to now be part of the journey of bringing Workplace to companies across the globe and help them unlock the potential of their biggest asset – people,” Karandeep wrote on his LinkedIn profile.
In another social media post, he wrote: Back to my enterprise SaaS roots – powered with consumer DNA of Facebook, ending the note with a smiley.
Karandeep has a Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science from India’s International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).
He will work closely with Julien Codorniou, the Facebook vice president who has been the leader of Workplace, a spokeswoman for Facebook told CNBC.
He will handle the Workplace product team, which includes developers, engineers, researchers and data scientists, while Codorniou will remain in charge of sales and partnerships, the report added.
He was previously Facebook director for product management.
In its two years of existence, Workplace by Facebook has nabbed big-name customers such as Walmart, Starbucks and Chevron, but it has otherwise yet to make a significant dent in the enterprise communications software market and trails rivals Microsoft and Slack, which is expected to go public next year, according to the CNBC report.
The service is used by 30,000 organisations, according to the most recent figures Facebook shared in October 2017.