Experienced Veteran Takes on Expanded Role Focused on Driving User Growth and Monetization
As Chief Product Officer, Patel will oversee all aspects of Yelp’s product management function, including design, data science, and user research, among other areas. In addition, as a member of the executive leadership team, Patel will ensure that the development of Yelp’s products is aligned with the Company’s strategic direction, especially its diversifying go-to-market strategy and focus on both business owners and consumers.
“Over the 14 years since our founding, Yelp has created the leading
local internet destination for consumers with the help of a strong and
dedicated team,” said
“I am honored to take on this important responsibility to help support and drive the Company’s product strategy moving forward. Growing up with and working alongside a family of restaurateurs and small-business owners has provided me not only with firsthand knowledge of the complexities of this industry, but also a deep and personal connection to Yelp’s business owners and an understanding of products that serve them effectively,” said Patel. “Yelp’s products are a significant part of our growth opportunity, and I am excited to continue working alongside our incredible team to unlock more value for consumers, advertisers and business owners, and achieve our full potential as a business.”
During his career at Yelp, Patel managed the business products team,
which, under his leadership, grew Yelp’s advertising products from
Prior to joining Yelp, Patel spent four years at SugarSync, a provider of online file backup, syncing and sharing services, where he was the company’s first hired employee and member of the senior management team. In his role as Director of Product Management, Patel defined SugarSync’s product vision, roadmap, and monetization plan. Prior to joining SugarSync in 2004, Patel was a software engineer for a number of companies and his own entrepreneurial ventures.
Patel graduated from
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