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Aarti Bharathan


Aarti Bharathan

Senior Director of PM, PayPal

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Aarti is a customer-focused professional bringing over a decade of experience leading Product teams in Payments, Platforms, Growth, Mobile and Location services at Microsoft and PayPal. For each organization she leads, she deeply cares about bringing great talent and mentoring teams towards their career goals.

She defined the strategy and foundation for the PayPal for Partner platform, took the product from vision to pilot launch with AliExpress and expanded to lead the next generation platform for partners including Instagram. At Microsoft, Aarti worked on the Windows Networking stack and on the first versions of Windows Phone, where her responsibilities included leading the first generation of Maps on the phone and filing 8 patents. To this end, she established common hiring practices for Product Managers and led a transformational Career Development program which provided the tools and the environment for open and honest career conversation between managers and their teams.

Aarti graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and prior to this, she earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai. On top of her academic and professional endeavors, Aarti is also a two-time Microsoft Gold Star Award winner who aspires to continue hiring the best and helping them grow.

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