We bring to you the latest edition of movers and shakers of the week in the Indian startup ecosystem.
Aadhaar governing body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has appointed senior bureaucrat Saurabh Garg as its latest chief executive officer (CEO) as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the central government. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Garg, who is currently serving in his cadre state Odisha.
There are a total of 22 bureaucrats who have been appointed to different ministries as part of the reshuffle. Government e-Marketplace (GeM) CEO Taleen Kumar has been appointed as the member (finance) in the space commission, while Prashant Kumar Singh will take over as the CEO of GeM.
Caesar Sengupta Quits Google After 15-Year Run
Caesar Sengupta, vice president and general manager of payments and the ‘next billion users’ initiative at Google, announced his departure from Google this week to start his entrepreneurial journey. He began his sting at Google back in January 2006 and gas worked on products like Chrome OS and Google Pay.
Freshworks Appoints Stacey Epstein As CMO
Chennai-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) unicorn Freshworks has appointed Stacey Epstein as its chief marketing officer (CMO), replacing David Thompson. Epstein has over two decades of experience in marketing roles. She is known in the tech circles for taking HR software firm SuccessFactors Inc from $10 Mn in annual revenue run rate (ARR) through six years of triple-digit revenue growth, successful IPO and acquisition by SAP for $3.4 Bn.
Zoomcar Appoints Uri Levine To Board Of Directors
Indian self-drive car rental company Zoomcar has appointed Uri Levine to its board of directors as a chairperson. Levine is the cofounder of driving and traffic app Waze, which was acquired by Google. He is also the chairperson and board member of several other startups, including FeeX, Fairfly, Seetree and Refundit. Zoomcar believes that Levine’s appointment will help the company with its international expansion plans.