Startups continue hiring spree in the wake of demonetisation bombshell

By Tarush Bhalla|26th Nov 2016
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Amid the high-charged announcements of the past two weeks, with the demonetisation and the amendment of angel funding rules by SEBI, the startup ecosystem saw its fair share of action, with the trend of high profile exits and hires continuing.

Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly just called quits from Twitter
Former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly has now joined Times Global Partners

Here are the personnel movements that caught our attention over the last couple of weeks:

Last week

Simplilearn strengthens global leadership team, appoints new CMO

Professional certification training provider Simplilearn announced the appointment of Mark Moran as its Chief Marketing Officer.

As part of his new role, Mark will oversee Simplilearn’s marketing initiatives, communications and go-to-market efforts.

This is the fourth key appointment made by the company, showing a renewed focus on its enterprise training business and rapid customer growth.

Former Dabur India executive joins Industrybuying as VP - Supply Chain

B2B e-commerce company Industrybuying announced the appointment of Himanshu Garg as its Vice President of Supply Chain. An IIT Roorkee and MDI Gurgaon alumnus, Himanshu has around twelve years of experience in different supply chain management functions across the verticals of fulfilment, planning and deployment, logistics, cost saving, warehouse management and inventory management.

In his last assignment with Dabur India, Himanshu had worked in the capacity of Senior Manager - Supply Chain for almost 10 years.

KPMG India appoints former Deputy RBI Governor HR Khan as Senior Advisor

On November 14, KPMG India announced the appointment of Harun Rashid Khan as Senior Advisor to the firm, with immediate effect.

As a part of his previous role as Deputy RBI Governor, Harun had spearheaded projects relating to macroeconomic policies, regulation and development of financial markets, debt management for the Central and State Governments, financial inclusion, microfinance and rural credit, payment and settlement systems, and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Speaking on his appointment, Harun said,

“My focus will be to lend to the strong foundation that has been established, and collaborate with the some of the most talented minds in the consultancy world to advance the journey of Financial Services at the firm and in its offerings.”

This week

Power2SME appoints a new Director for External Affairs

‘Buying Club’ for Indian SMEs Power2SME appointed former National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Chairman and Managing Director Dr HP Kumar as the Director for its External Affairs division.

Dr Kumar, in his new role, will guide innovative programmes to enhance Power2SME’s value proposition for SMEs, financial institutions and large suppliers. A veteran with over 38 years of experience, Dr Kumar has exposure to the SME market and experience in promoting international trade relations across a large number of countries, overseas investments, transfer of technologies and handling joint ventures.

Forus Health makes high level appointments as it hires new CTO and Vice President

Bengaluru-based medical devices company Forus Health Pvt. Ltd announced the appointment of Arun Krishnan as its Chief Technology Officer and Manish Sharma as its Vice President of Product Management.

With over 20 years of experience in research and product development, Arun has worked for Siemens Healthcare in leadership roles. His portfolio includes running distributed global teams in the development of regulated medical devices.

Manish Sharma, meanwhile, has a repository of commercial and technological experience in the healthcare domain, having worked for global brands like Danaher, Medtronic and Larsen & Toubro. He also has diversified and functional expertise in defining and executing corporate strategy.

Former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly joins Times Global Partners as CEO

Times Global Partners, the digital arm of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited, has named former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as its chief executive.

After recently quitting the microblogging giant, Rishi, in his new role, is expected to fully realise the untapped potential of people, communities and markets. As a business unit of Times Internet Limited, TGP has partnerships with ride-hailing app Uber, homesharing venture Airbnb, edtech company Coursera, and news and content platforms Vice and the Huffington Post, among others.

The past two weeks have seen a good deal of action, on several fronts. With developments in Indian business taking place at a breakneck pace, startups are arming themselves with the best talent possible. We will have to watch this space intently to see how the scene develops.