Previously, Bahadur led the Alexa artificial intelligence group, building the platform on which all of Alexa runs.
Prior to Amazon, where he joined in 2017, Bahadur served in multiple engineering leadership positions over a decade spent at Microsoft, most notably in the Windows and Windows Phone business units.
While at Microsoft, he launched the Nokia Lumia 900, the first LTE phone in the U.S., the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia Lumia 1520.
The new appointment also held engineer and manager roles at Intel, helping to architect the Pentium 4 processor, building and driving standardisation of the InfiniBand networking communications standard, and delivering the industry’s first ever OS virtualisation solution.
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“I’m beyond thrilled to join, lead and grow the already talented engineering organization behind the world’s work marketplace,” said new Upwork CTO Bahadur.
“The success of our customers and, ultimately, our success as a business will be built on a sound technical foundation that allows us to rapidly scale, innovate and empower independent talent and businesses alike in unlocking the hybrid workforce.”
Hayden Brown, president and CEO of Upwork, commented: “Clear technology strategy and flawless engineering execution will continue to underpin Upwork’s ability to capitalise on the phenomenal market opportunity in front of us.
“Saty’s technical prowess, experience across platforms and established track record of building industry-leading engineering teams will accelerate Upwork’s delivery of technology and experiences for customers that change the way work gets done.”