We bring to you the latest edition of Movers and Shakers of this week.
This week United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reappointed Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma to the UN’s panel of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates. The SDG Advocates are tasked with raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition and pushing for faster action on the sustainable development goals adopted by world leaders on September 25, 2015.
Here’s a look at other movers and shakers of the week:
iCubesWire Elevates Nishant Sharma As Chief Business Officer
Gurugram-based digital marketing solutions provider iCubesWire has elevated Nishant Sharma as its Chief Business Officer.
Sharma comes with nearly nine years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry. In his previous roles, he held the role of Vertical Head, Sales then moved to the next level to become the Group Head, before moving onto become Chief Business Officer.
In his new role, Sharma will be playing a crucial role in ensuring a steady pace across business verticals. He will be leading an extensive team of digital innovators, marketers, creative geniuses and tech wizards to leapfrog the future of digital marketing one stride at a time.
iCubesWire offers 360-degree concepts to over 500 reputed brands. The Company offers solutions for marketing needs ranging from Performance Optimization, Mobile and Tech Innovations, Social Media Optimization, Influencer Marketing, Branding and Strategy, Online Reputation Management and help brands to stay on top of competition.
Venu Venugopal Joins Udemy As Chief Technology Officer
San Francisco-headquartered edtech startup Udemy has appointed Venu Venugopal as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Venugopal comes with more than two decades of experience in the industry. Venugopal joins Udemy from Expedia, where he was Vice President of Engineering for HomeAway. Prior to that, Venugopal founded, architected, and led the development of Maya, the 3D-character animation and visual effects platform. He also led the development of Adobe Flash, the highly successful platform for delivering rich, engaging experiences across multiple devices.
In his new role, Venugopal will lead the engineering, data science and IT efforts to bolster the global growth of the company and help anyone looking to learn new skills or improve existing ones find the right teacher.
Udemy is the online learning destination that helps students, companies, and governments gain the skills they need to compete in today’s economy. More than 30 million students learn from 42,000 instructors teaching 100,000 courses in over 50 different languages.
IndiaLends Appoints Govind Sankaranarayanan As Independent Director
Delhi-based digital lending and borrowing marketplace IndiaLends announced the appointment of Govind Sankaranarayanan as an Independent Director on the Board of IndiaLends.
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Sankaranarayanan comes with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. At present, he is the cofounder of ESG investment firm ECube Investment Advisors. He was in the forefront of Tata’s globalisation efforts at Tetley UK and Tata Communications in the US and Canada. Sankaranarayanan was a member of the Banking and Finance Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Economic Affairs and Accounting Standards and Private Equity Committees of the CII, committees of the RBI.
In his new role, his immense expertise, knowledge and experience in financial services will further strengthen IndiaLends’ portfolio of digital and online financial products including personal and unsecured loans, credit reports and credit cards.
Rajat Gupta Joins CoWrks As Chief Growth Officer
Bengaluru-based workspace provider CoWrks has announced the appointment of Rajat Gupta as Chief Growth Officer.
Gupta comes with over 22 years of extensive experience in the real estate industry. Prior to his role at CoWrks, he was Managing Director for Advisory and Transaction Services at CBRE, where he was leading the Office Occupier Services vertical for India. His past clients include blue-chip companies from banking, management consulting, financial services and technology sectors.
In his new role, Gupta will build on this position of strength while pursuing a clear vision for change and value creation. He will report to Abhishek Goenka, Chief Executive Officer, CoWrks.
Gupta will be responsible for the expansion and revenue functions of CoWrks for both India and overseas.
With more than 25,000 members and 25 centres, CoWrks is fast-growing workspace solution providers, offering a collaborative working environment for large enterprises, SMEs, startups and freelancers.
mPokket Appoints Andy Sen as Chief Technology Officer
Kolkata-based digital lending platform mPokket has appointed Andy Sen as its Chief Technology Officer.
Sen comes with over 18 years of experience as a hands-on technology specialist with extensive leadership and international experience (India, USA, and UK). He is an expert across domains and verticals like system/web architecture, IT strategy/budgeting, financial services, etc.
He has previously worked with renowned organizations like Indus Valley Partners as its Associate Director, Edureka as its CTO, and Tesco as the Head of Software Development. He has also worked as an independent consultant briefly, handling accounts like a DRDO technology firm and a courier aggregator, along with overseeing the tech-build and launch of an early-stage home décor startup.
As the CTO, Andy will be responsible for the end-to-end management of the technology function, which includes developing, delivering, and scaling the product.
This appointment will help mPokket further its vision while continually developing and delivering new loan products to cater to the underserved segments of students, young professionals, MSMEs, and emerging businesses in its road ahead.
Roy Kurian Joins Tork Motors As Head Of Sales & Marketing
Pune-based electric motorcycle makers Tork Motors has appointed Roy Kurian as head of Sales and Marketing, of its flagship product T6X.
Kurian comes with over 15 years at Yamaha India. In his new role, Kurian will focus on introducing T6X to the world with its launch from the Pune office. He will also focus on strategic tie ups, marketing and distribution of the forthcoming models.
Work on T6X began in mid 2015 and the first prototype was unveiled in September 2016. With Bharat Forge coming on board as a strategic partner in early 2018, Tork Motors has made progress on two fronts rapidly – technology and skilled resources.
CREDAI Bengaluru Appoints Committee Members
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), Bengaluru has selected new committee members. Kishore Jain has been sworn in as the President of CREDAI Bengaluru for the tenure FY2019-21. He will work towards changing the perception of people about the real estate sector in India and become the market leader.
Further, Suresh Hari has been appointed as Chairman, CREDAI Bengaluru; Bhaskar T. Nagendrappa as President Elect, CREDAI Bengaluru, Kamal Sagar as Vice President, CREDAI Bengaluru;. Errol Fernandes as Secretary, CREDAI Bengaluru; Bimal Hegde as Jt. Secretary, CREDAI Bengaluru; and R. Krishna as Treasurer, CREDAI Bengaluru;
It has around 250 reputed developers as its members in the city and 500+ developers across the state. CREDAI Bengaluru safeguards the interests of real estate developers and builders while protecting the rights of buyers and homeowners.
Blowhorn Appoints Head of Strategy and CTO
Bengaluru-based logistics tech startup Blowhorn has added on to its senior leadership team with the appointment of head of strategy and chief of technology.
Seshadri has over 18 years experience in investment banking, VC investing, strategy and tech entrepreneurship. He was most recently cofounder of ZPX, a leading VC-funded blockchain tech startup. Previously, he was part of the founding team at Aarin Capital where he helped make investments in several well-known startups in the US and India, including Byjus and Counsyl.
Desai has over 13 years of experience in designing and implementing robust, internet-scale platforms and mentoring successful and durable tech teams. He is an accomplished technologist, his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for solving the hard technology problems of intra-city logistics is what attracted him to join Blowhorn.
In his new role, he will help the startup scale up to newer heights.
Founded in 2014, Blowhorn operates in all major metros in India with a broad suite of services from the first mile, middle mile, and last mile while handling goods from 1g to 1T.
Stay tuned for the next week’s edition of Movers and Shakers of the week!