* The ecommerce veteran will help the Etsy marketplace scale its capabilities and unlock growth opportunities in India
Etsy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY), the global marketplace for unique and creative goods, announced the appointment of Pankaj Jathar as the Vice President and Country Head for India.
As an industry veteran with more than two decades of experience across global IT services and ecommerce firms, Pankaj will lead Etsy’s India business to scale its marketplace capabilities further and determine additional growth opportunities in the country. He will focus on mobilizing and empowering the creative community in India, connecting sellers to millions of buyers around the world through the Etsy marketplace.
Ryan Scott, Chief Marketing Officer, Etsy Inc, said, “I am delighted to welcome Pankaj to Etsy as we continue to invest in our community in India. I am confident that Pankaj’s leadership and expertise will steer us in the right direction and inspire the local team to advance our mission to Keep Commerce Human. We believe he is a transformational business leader with experience leading cross-functional organizations, developing best-in-class teams, and delivering integrated solutions to achieve business goals.”
Pankaj Jathar, Vice President and Country Head India, Etsy said, “I have long been impressed by Etsy’s ability to empower entrepreneurs. They’ve created economic opportunities for millions of people around the world, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute to this mission and support Indian creators in harnessing their full potential.”
Pankaj was previously the CEO of Prione, a joint venture between Amazon and private equity fund Catamaran. He led multiple functions at Amazon from 2011 to 2017, including being a key member of the launch team for Amazon's India business. Before Amazon, he worked with Accenture for more than five years, designing outsourcing solutions for banks, insurance, and mortgage companies. Pankaj holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) and an engineering degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth University.
Etsy has been investing in India, now considered one of the company’s seven core markets, for several years, primarily focused on building vibrant local inventory and establishing effective business processes to ultimately become a growing two sided peer-to-peer marketplace in the country.