iPhone maker Apple, which recently touched $1 Bn in revenue from India, has named company executive Sanjay Kaul as its new country manager. Kaul, who has been designated as country sales director, takes over as India head months after Apple’s long-time India head Maneesh Dhir quit from the company to pursue other opportunities. Kaul has previously worked at rival phonemaker BlackBerry for three years where he headed the company’s channel sales.
Pepperfry Appoints Neelesh Talathi As CFO
Furniture and home products marketplace Pepperfry.com announced the appointment of Neelesh Talathi as its chief financial officer (CFO). In this role, Talathi will lead strategy, financial planning, accounting, legal and corporate affairs for Pepperfry.com. He has close to two decades of experience overseeing large finance organisations for high-growth multinationals. He began his career with Hindustan Unilever and worked there for over 17 years across multiple geographies and businesses in roles such as director, financial analytics at Unilever and CFO of Unilever Mashreq. His last assignment prior to joining Pepperfry was with Vedanta Resources as CFO of Vedanta’s iron ore division.
Stayzilla Hires Former Twitter Director
Stayzilla roped in former Twitter Director Pankaj Gupta as chief product officer and president of technology. Gupta’s aim will be to double Stayzilla’s listings on its platform to over 1 lakh in the next one year by building a community around homestays and alternative stays. Gupta is Ph.D. from Stanford University in Computer Science where he won the award for the best thesis, and an undergraduate from IIT Delhi where he stood first in the Dept. of Computer Science. He has published more than 30 papers and holds more than 20 patents. He is also one of the first 30 employees of Twitter. Before Twitter, Pankaj founded two startups that were both acquired. Pankaj will be shifting base from San Francisco to join Stayzilla at their Bangalore office.
Snapdeal Elevated Saurabh Bansal To Head Category Management
Online marketplace Snapdeal named Saurabh Bansal as its vice president and head of category management. Prior to his latest role, Bansal held the position of vice president – Merchandising, Strategy that saw him leading analytics and merchandise planning at the online marketplace. Bansal’s new responsibilities will include, undertaking end-to-end category management, and he will also focus on the continued expansion of product and brand assortment on Snapdeal through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Snapdeal in 2014, Bansal led strategy and new business initiatives at Jubilant Enpro. The senior executive holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and an MBA from the SP Jain Institute of Management.
Gaana Announces Prashan Agarwal As COO
Prashan Agarwal, an entrepreneur in the consumer internet space, has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Times Internet owned Gaana. Before joining Times Internet, Agarwal had co-founded multiple internet ventures. Earlier, he was the co-founder of PropTiger.com, a real estate transaction marketplace. Agarwal is an expert in strategy, sales, operations and product management and has an overall experience of 14 years and brings extensive experience on all aspects of consumer internet businesses and tangible business models. In the past, he has held senior leadership roles at Naukri.com, GE Infrastructure and Sapient. He is an ISB and IIT alumnus. He has also been awarded the GE Infrastructure CIO Excellence Award for Outstanding Six Sigma Project and also won several laurels at leading school and colleges.
GirnarSoft Ropes In Holidify Co-Founder Rohit Shroff
GirnarSoft, the parent company to CarDekho.com, Gaadi.com and Zigwheels.com has appointed Rohit Shroff as the Associate Director – Product and Growth. He was previously the CEO and co-founder of Holidify, a holiday discovery platform. In his new role, Rohit will channelise his entrepreneurial experience in improving product and driving growth across multiple platforms owned by the company. He is a chemical engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai. During the early days of his work life, he was a Quantitative Analyst at Motilal Oswal and Associate Consultant Indus Insights.