KnowledgeHut upGrad elevates Rajesh Durai to Vice President – Growth & Strategy

Durai has been associated with KnowledgeHut since 2015 as a fractional growth marketer

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Published: Jan 19, 2023 1:21 PM  | 2 min read
Rajesh Durai

KnowledgeHut upGrad has appointed Rajesh Durai to Vice President – Growth & Strategy, to further scale up the firm’s revenue and profitability. Rajesh has been associated with KnowledgeHut since 2015 as a fractional growth marketer, helping with building a hyper-growth environment that resulted in boosting the firm’s performance & brand marketing on both digital and offline channels, with a focus on user acquisition, customer retention/engagement, and LTV maximization. 

In this new role, Rajesh will be responsible for developing and executing Knowledgehut’s go-to-market strategies, delivering strong revenue growth, and increasing market share in line with the overall business objectives of the company and group. His key priorities would include building high-performance teams, strengthening product marketing, scaling of business and delivering results through new business practices. 

Commenting on the appointment, Subramanyam Reddy, CEO and Founder, KnowledgeHut upGrad said, “We are extremely delighted to welcome Rajesh to the leadership team as VP – Growth & Strategy. He has been critical asset to the firm and has played a crucial role in establishing the company’s position as a leading edtech platform in India. Rajesh’s creative bent of mind and his operational experience make him an aspirational leader who is committed to accelerating the company’s long-term goals while helping the teams perform to their fullest. This will be invaluable to the operations of KnowledgeHut as the company moves forward with its strategic growth opportunities in national as well as international markets.” 

Expressing his delight, Rajesh Durai, Vice President - Growth & Strategy, KnowledgeHut upGrad said, “It is indeed exciting to take up this new responsibility. Over the past year, we have achieved many monumental milestones at KnowledgeHut across national and international markets. We have aggressively strengthened our product portfolio, creating customized up-skilling solutions for the market, in accordance with the evolving market demand. My aim now will be to create a sustainable growth model for KnowledgeHut, by capturing new avenues and pioneering innovation for the global skilling ecosystem.” 

Rajesh is an entrepreneur at heart and a marketing maverick with over 12 years of experience in founding and working with multiple B2B and B2C companies. He enjoys working in fast-paced, hyper-growth environments with high integrity.

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Vivek Sinha back at VCCircle, joins as Editor

Sinha rejoins after stepping down as Managing Editor of VCCircle in January 2021

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 24, 2023 11:41 AM   |   1 min read

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Vivek Sinha has moved back as the Editor of VCCircle along with his team at The Capital Quest.

He announced the move via a social media post in which he spoke of the challenges ahead.

Sinha stepped down as Managing Editor of VCCircle in January 2021 after a stint of nearly 10 years.

He was earlier with The Economic Times. Sinha left ET after a 10-year stint as Head ET Intelligence Group(Delhi) & Senior Assistant Editor.  

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InMobi names Aditya Varadarajan as head of Microsoft Advertising business in SEA

Varadarajan will be based in Singapore

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 6:46 PM   |   1 min read

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InMobi has reportedly appointed Aditya Varadarajan as the regional head for its partnership with Microsoft Advertising in Southeast Asia.

According to media reports, Varadarajan will be based in Singapore and expand the regional sales team across the key markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. His team will also be responsible for sales, account management, client servicing, and billing in the region.

On the appointment, Rohit Dosi, vice president and general manager for Microsoft Advertising business at InMobi reportedly said that they are delighted to welcome Varadarajan as their regional head in the newly expanded business whilst looking forward to enabling the advertising ecosystem across Southeast Asia.

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YAAP hires Nandita Saggu as Partner to drive growth in the Middle East

Prior to joining YAAP, she was the Chief Growth Officer at DViO

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 3:23 PM   |   1 min read

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YAAP, a content and influencer marketing company, announced the appointment of Nandita Saggu as a Partner to expand the company's footprints in the Middle East.

With over 18 years of experience, Saggu has worked across sectors such as healthcare, retail, hospitality, FinTech, e-learning, SaaS tech, AI, custom web and mobile development, and performance and social media marketing.

Prior to joining YAAP, she was the Chief Growth Officer at DViO leading its Middle East operations.

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Kapil Rathee appointed co-founder of Junglee Games

He joined the team in 2015 as VP of Product

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 12:45 PM   |   2 min read

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Junglee Games, has announced the elevation of Kapil Rathee to the position of Co-Founder. The elevation recognizes Kapil’s exceptional contribution to the business as he continues to be an integral part of the company’s executive leadership team. 

Having joined the team in 2015 as VP of Product, Kapil was promoted to Junglee’s Chief Product Officer in 2017 and President in 2018. Previously, he held strategy & business consultant roles in his career and also founded TapAndEat, a F&B tech startup. Kapil has helped Junglee scale new heights with his growth mindset, strategic data-driven solutions and strong leadership abilities. 

Speaking about the announcement, Ankush Gera, Founder and CEO of Junglee Games said, "Kapil and I have been working together for the last 8 years and have been looking to build upon opportunities to further strengthen our partnership, and collective impact. Kapil’s contribution to Junglee Games has been phenomenal and his dedication deserves this recognition. I couldn’t be happier for him and I look forward to seeing him grow in this new role. With the industry witnessing rapid growth, at Junglee we are confident about our approach towards investing and rewarding exceptional human capital within the organization.” 

Kapil Rathee added, "I’m excited and privileged to continue my incredible journey at Junglee Games in this new role.  While I’ve always operated from an ownership mindset, it is heartening to see the growth-centric culture in the organization. This elevation is an opportunity to build from a more strategic vantage point.  As we continue to see incredible scale in the business, my focus is to accelerate our current trajectory and make Junglee’s brand synonymous with skill gaming.”

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Mars Wrigley elevates Kalpesh Parmar to GM Asia, Tamer Kadry as Country GM - India

Kalpesh will oversee 20 diverse markets in the Mars Wrigley Asia portfolio

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 12:09 PM   |   2 min read

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Mars Wrigley India has promoted Kalpesh Parmar as General Manager of Mars Wrigley Asia and Tamer Kadry as the new Country General Manager of India.

In his new role, Kalpesh will oversee 20 diverse markets in the Mars Wrigley Asia portfolio. He will lead business operations of the chocolate, gum, and fruity confections segments across all Asia markets as well as the pet nutrition segment in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He joined the India business in January 2020.

Tamer Kadry is currently the Vice President of New Markets & Future Growth, Global Emerging Markets (GEM) region, Mars Wrigley, and was formerly the CFO of GEM. He has spent more than two decades in Mars Incorporated and brings immense diverse experience, having worked across multiple geographies in Europe, CIS, APAC, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and lived in Dubai, Milan and Brussels.

Kalpesh and Tamer are currently transitioning into their respective roles.

Kalpesh Parmar, Outgoing Country General Manager, Mars Wrigley India, said, “India will always remain an important part of my leadership journey. Over the years, I have witnessed Mars Wrigley India grow from strength to strength and I am fortunate to have been a part of its Purpose-led growth culture. Guided by Mars’ Five Principles and led by a highly capable leadership team and exceptional talent, the business turned around marking double-digit growth. I am delighted to hand over the reins to my dear friend and colleague Tamer Kadry, a long-time Mars Associate and a great business and people leader, who I am confident will take the business to greater heights. I wish him the very best and look forward to my assignment in Asia.”

Incoming General Manager for Mars Wrigley India, Tamer Kadry said, “India is one the fastest growing markets for Mars and I am looking forward to leading Mars Wrigley’s India business and delivering on our sustainability commitments along with an incredible India Leadership Team and passionate Associates. I thank Kalpesh for building a legacy of Purpose-driven growth momentum while nurturing world-class talent and laying a strong foundation of future-ready capabilities. I am looking forward to inspiring moments of everyday happiness for our Indian consumers and shoppers with our iconic global brands, and for our communities.”

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Guruprasad Mudlapur named President of Bosch Group in India & MD

Soumitra Bhattacharya to retire as President of the Bosch Group in India and from Board

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 10:08 AM   |   2 min read

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Guruprasad Mudlapur will be appointed President of the Bosch Group in India and Managing Director of Bosch Limited. In his new role, Guruprasad will be responsible for the strategic growth and overall performance of the business in the region. At the same time, he will continue to be Chief Technology Officer for Bosch Limited.

Guruprasad has more than 15 years of experience in the Bosch Group and has held various positions in engineering and business management. Most recently, he was Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Bosch Limited. Previously, he was Regional President and Managing Director of Bosch Automotive Electronics Private Limited.

Effective June 30, 2023, Soumitra Bhattacharya will be retiring from Bosch India, after 28 years of service in various capacities. He took over the role of President of the Bosch Group in India and Managing Director for Bosch Limited in 2017. Prior to that, he was Joint Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Bosch Limited.

From July 1, 2023, Sandeep Nelamangala, currently executive Director at Bosch Limited and Executive Vice President, Mobility Solutions at Bosch India, will be appointed Joint Managing Director of Bosch Limited.

Filiz Albrecht, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH, who is also responsible for the Bosch Group in India, said: “I want to thank Soumitra for his outstanding leadership and for enabling sustained growth, even in challenging economic times. I am delighted to welcome Guruprasad in his new role from July 2023, a very important time in the advancement of our company as we move into the next century of Bosch in India. Guruprasad is well versed in driving innovative technology initiatives that are expected to influence key business dynamics. With Sandeep assuming the role of Joint Managing Director of Bosch Limited, we look forward to their contributions to our continued success. I am confident that the new leadership will continue to make a positive impact on all our stakeholders.”

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IndiaCast names Piyush Goyal as Chief Operating Officer

In his last stint, Goyal was EVP and Head - Key Accounts at Star India

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 23, 2023 9:15 AM   |   1 min read

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IndiaCast has appointed Piyush Goyal as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

In a career spanning over 20 years, Goyal has worked in leading media companies like Star TV, Network18, NDTV and DEN Networks.

In his last stint, he was EVP and Head - Key Accounts at Star India, where he handled major MSO and DTH players. 

In this new role, Goyal will closely work with the operating heads of TV News, Entertainment and Sports businesses of the Network18 Group. He will report into Network18’s Managing Director Rahul Joshi.

Commenting on his new role, Goyal said, “I am extremely thrilled and look forward to spearheading Indiacast. It's home coming for me at Indiacast after 10 years. With the ever changing landscape in the media industry, there could not have been a better time to be part of this vibrant and fastest-growing media conglomerate.”

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