Mobile payment and commerce company, Paytm has announced that K. Guru Gowrappan, Global Managing Director of the Alibaba Group will join its board as an Additional Director.
Gowrappan is currently the global managing director of the Alibaba Group, an investor in Paytm. He is responsible for driving strong growth in Alibaba’s international markets.
At Paytm, he will be regularly engaging with business, product and tech teams to ensure strong and scalable growth for the company.
“We are at an important juncture in the company’s evolution, and Guru’s strong expertise in global business and product development will guide us through executing key strategic initiatives for the company,” Founder-CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm said.
Gowrappan has more than 15 years of experience in the Internet industry and is one of the top leaders in scaling mobile product and business execution globally. Prior to Alibaba, he was the Chief Operating Officer at mobile search engine Quixey. He led Product, Business, and Marketing-based organizations and played a major role in the company’s global development and financial strategy.
He was a co-founder of two Indian startups and an active angel investor and adviser. He has deep experience in various areas including global management and scaling, M&A integration operations, mobile product and technology management.
“It’s both exciting and fulfilling to be trusted with the opportunity to mentor the incredible team at Paytm as the company moves into the next chapter of its growth,” Gowrappan said.