Ash Patel, an early Yahoo! employee (he's been there since 1996), features prominently in the latest restructuring at the company. From NYT:
The new structure consolidates responsibility around two senior executives, Hilary Schneider and Ash Patel.<snip>
Mr. Patel started at Yahoo in 1996. Responsible for a broad swath of the company’s technology infrastructure, he will now head the newly formed audience products division that will be responsible for product strategy and product management for many crucial Internet services, including search and e-mail. <snip>
The executive responsible for running Yahoo search, Vish Makhijani, who is also leaving, is being replaced by Tuoc Luong, on an interim basis.
The plan shifts more responsibility to two senior executives. Ash Patel, a Yahoo veteran who has been in charge of efforts to open up its sites to other developers, will lead a division in charge of global product strategy.
From the Washington Post:
Under the new order, announced yesterday, executive vice presidents Hilary Schneider and Ash Patel are being given expanded responsibilities over Yahoo's products and sales divisions.
He's the only South Asian on the official management team page. His now out-of-date bio is below. Post your comments, please.
BIO AS OF JUNE 26, 2008
Ash Patel is currently Executive Vice President of the Platforms and Infrastructure Division at Yahoo!. He is responsible for global technology investments and platform initiatives both on and off the Yahoo! network. He also leads an increased focus on innovating and developing next-generation services for Yahoo! customers, and oversees divisions including Product Platform Engineering, Platform Strategy & Architecture, and the Advanced Development Division.
Since starting at Yahoo! in 1996, Patel has played a key role in architecting and enhancing MyYahoo!, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Chat and many other products that continue to impact millions of Yahoo! users. In 2001, he became SVP of platform engineering, where he was responsible for Yahoo!'s Communications Products, core platforms and infrastructure. In 2006, Patel became Yahoo!'s Chief Product Officer, and was responsible for global product strategy and development, as well as identifying future product trends and emerging technologies.
Prior to joining the company, Patel was a principle member of the technical staff at Oracle Corporation, and before that, held a number of software engineer and development positions at technology companies in Silicon Valley and London.
Patel holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Computer Science from the Kings College University of London.