Severalhigh-profile industry luminaries left established majors to either test new waters or to pursue a dream in 2015. Simultaneously, Silicon Valley seemingly became the preferred recruiting grounds for online entrepreneurs.
Sanjeev Mohanty, after serving for over a decade as Managing Director at Benetton, walked into Jabong, as its new chief. Idi Srinivas Murthy left Coco Cola Company to join Snapdeal as Senior Vice President – Marketing. Notice the common professional destination category?
Himanshu Chakrawarti, former CEO of The MobileStore, took things further with the launch of his own e-commerce venture.
As the year drew to a close, Tata Starbucks honcho Avani Davda called it a quits after serving for over three years at the company. Her future moves are however, not clear at this point.
Flipkart and Snapdeal, among others, beefed up their respective leadership teams primarily via Silicon Valley veterans.
At Flipkart, Punit Soni came in as product head, followed by Peeyush Ranjan as engineering head and Ravi Garikipati with the intriguing designation of ‘Enterpreneur in Residence’ . The latest to join was Ravi Vijayaraghavan as Vice President in December.
Rival Snapdeal also named former Cisco and Symantec executive Gaurav Gupta as its vice-president – Engineering. In February, the company brought on board former Yahoo India and Amazon Web Services executive Jeyandran Venugopal as a consultant.
It also named former Unilever Plc executive Vivek Patankar as senior vice-president – finance, and former Bharti Airtel executive Jayant Sood as its chief customer experience officer.