People Digest: Licious, Crowdera, Paytm hire senior execs; Ola Electric CBO quits

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Licious, a meat and seafood company headquartered in Bengaluru, has roped in Naveen Nerlaje as its head of human resources, while online fundraising platform Crowdera has appointed Srinivas Chunduru as its chief advisor of strategic alliances. In a separate development, Paytm has roped in Walmart’s Harsh Gupta to lead its merchant payments. Meanwhile, Sanjay Bhan, chief business officer at Ola Electric, has tendered his resignation at a time when the electric-vehicle startup is readying itself for the launch of its commercial operations in 2021. 

Licious ropes in new HR head

Licious, a meat and seafood company headquartered in Bengaluru, has roped in Naveen Nerlaje as its head of human resources, per a statement.

Nerlaje, who carries with him about 20 years of experience in shaping organisational culture, was with Tata Starbucks before this.

Prior to that, he has had stints with corporates across automobile, FMCG and retail sectors such as Hindustan Unilever Nestle India, and Toyota India.

Crowdera inducts Srinivas Chunduru to leadership team

Crowdera, an online fundraising platform that helps individuals, non-profits and independent filmmakers to garner capital, has appointed Srinivas Chunduru as its chief advisor of strategic alliances, per a report by The Economic Times.

Prior to joining the Nagpur-based company, Chunduru has had stints at Piramal Housing Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Piramal Enterprises Ltd, and ride-hailing company Ola.

The appointment of Chunduru comes in at a time when philanthropy has become a strong pillar of the society, Chet Jainn, founder and CEO at Crowdera was quoted saying.

Ola Electric CBO Sanjay Bhan quits

Sanjay Bhan, chief business officer at Ola Electric, has tendered his resignation from at a time when the electric-vehicle startup is readying itself for the launch of its commercial operations in 2021, per a report by The Economic Times.

Bhan, an industry veteran, had joined Ola Electric last year in December 2019 to oversee its marketing and sales department.

Before joining Ola Electric, he spent about three decades at Hero Motocorp.

Paytm hires Walmart’s Harsh Gupta

Indian fintech giant Paytm has recruited Harsh Gupta to lead its merchant payments, marking its second top-level hiring in the company over the past few weeks, per a report by Entrackr.

The company recently inducted Anubhav Sharma, who was earlier the head of UPI and IMPS at the National Payments Corporations of India, the report added.

Gupta, who carries with him around 20 years of work experience, was earlier with Walmart’s payments app ‘Cashi’ where he spent over three years.

The recruitment is key for Paytm that has stares at stiff competition from BharatPe, PhonePe and Google Pay.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.