Wish have announced that they have appointed Farhang Kassaei, former Senior Director at Google, to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.
Farhang Kassaei will report to Wish Founder and CEO Piotr Szulczewski and will be responsible for Wish’s core Marketplace as well as Engineering Product & Infrastructure, Data & Relevancy, Wish Local and Product Procurement. He will also drive the development of new technology solutions.
“Farhang will drive our technology development at a pivotal moment in our journey and lead the enhancement of Wish’s existing product offerings, as well as the creation of a whole suite of exciting new technology solutions.”
– Piotr Szulczewski, Founder & CEO, Wish
Prior to joining Wish, Mr. Kassaei served as Senior Director of Software Engineering at Google and since 2014, oversaw the development and roll-out of full-stack commerce capabilities across Search, YouTube, Assistant and Local, as well as Google Express local shopping and delivery products. He also oversaw the infrastructure enabling Google Product Listing Ads (PLA) globally.
Mr. Kassaei also previously spent more than 10 years at eBay Inc. where he held multiple leadership positions, including Chief Architect for the core marketplace. During his tenure, he led many key initiatives across eBay, including global identity, buyer/merchant risk and verification, eBay’s API platform, eBay/PayPal’s integration and the migration of eBay to a microservices architecture.
“This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing business with a clear vision of making ecommerce affordable and accessible to everyone. My aim is to help enrich the consumer experience and make our open commerce ecosystem more viable for merchants, all while building out complementary new features to strengthen Wish’s position as one of the preeminent platforms for value-conscious shoppers.”
– Farhang Kassaei, Newly appointed Chief Technology Officer, Wish