Alibaba Group , Global Managing Director
K. Guru Gowrappan is the Global Managing Director (MD) at Alibaba Group, responsible for growing international markets (with initial focus on SE Asia and India). Guru is also responsible for International Product and BD Strategy, which includes bringing all Alibaba Group Products as one cohesive strategy and execution unit to key markets. More recently, Guru helped drive ~$1B investment in Payments and eCommerce sector in India, and $1B+ investment in Lazada.
Prior to Alibaba, Guru was the Chief Operating Officer at Quixey, Mobile Search Engine where he led Product, Business, and Marketing organizations and played a key role in global development and financial strategy. Guru has over 15 years of experience in the Internet industry, formerly worked as COO for Growth/Emerging Initiatives at Zynga (largest social gaming company), where he also served as Head of Zynga Japan and drove the company’s IPO process. Prior to Zynga, Guru worked at Overture, where he helped define the multi-billion dollar search marketing industry. When the company was acquired by Yahoo, Guru held many leadership roles, including Global Head of Product, Program Management, and Operations.
Guru is a co-founder of two Indian startups and an active angel investor and adviser through his early-stage fund (Mantra Partners).
Guru holds an M.S. in Computer Science from USC and Business Bridge Program from Dartmouth (Tuck School of Business).