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Ananya Sharan

Senior Product Manager, Pandora

Ananya is a customer-obsessed Product Strategist and Leader.

She believes that the key to shipping world-class products is building meaningful relationships. She cares deeply about creating user-centric search and discovery experiences with an eye on driving value for organizational KPIs.


She is now working as a Senior Product Manager at Pandora. She was a part of the companies efforts in launching their native voice assistant, Voice Mode, which won the 2020 Webby for Best Branded Voice Experience. She also defined and led the search strategy for the launch of podcasts on Pandora and has also launched multiple search experiments from conception.


Previously, she worked as a Senior Product Manager for Search and Discovery at Macy's. The autocomplete system she worked on leveraged user search logs to increase annualized revenue by $25MM. She also spent three years working as a Senior Product Manager for IAC on their Desktop and Mobile Search Products. In addition, she has been a Dell Perot Systems Project Lead and Designer as well as a Product Manager at Nextag.


Ananya attended the Manipal Institute of Technology for her Bachelor of Engineering. She graduated 10th in her class of over 200 students. Later, she would go on to get her Master's in Market Analysis and Strategy from Duke University. Due to her hard work, she received a Merit Scholarship award and was chosen as a career fellow in her final year.


According to her colleagues, she is an excellent asset to the team. She is easy to work with, dependable, intelligent, detail-oriented, and a great communicator. Her skills allow her to push her projects to the next level. Not to mention her technical background allows her to work between Product and Engineering teams flawlessly. Even though she works on different initiatives at different stages of the product life cycle, she still is able to keep the internal and external stakeholders in the loop with her valuable up-front communication.

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