The top management reshuffle for homegrown e-retailer continues as two more senior executives at Flipkart’s engineering team have now resigned from their post. The exists of Ashish Gupta, VP of engineering and Ashish Vikram, VP of engineering (ad platform and big data) are following, prior departures of two more VPs of Engineering.
Gupta has served the company for over five years while the latter headed the post for three years under Flipkart. While Vikram already had plans to leave the company, Gupta’s resignation is definitely a shock for the Bangalore-based e-retailer. Speaking on his departure, Vikram says,
I had to complete my notice period and the timing of my resignation was due to the opportunity I had in hand. This was the right time to start my own venture.
Vikram is leaving the company to start his own new venture. The said startup will focus on video learning while no future plans have been discussed by Ashish Gupta. The latest exists will certainly weaken the analysis team for Flipkart, hence bringing down its image. As of now, current engineering chief, Ravi Garikipati has declined to comment on the matter.
The reshuffling within the company has been going on since Former Tiger Global executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy was appointed as the new CEO of Flipkart. At the same time, Binny Bansal was moved up to occupy the newly created position of group CEO.
Post the mentioned executive changes, three top-level executives – Saikiran Krishnamurthy, former head of Flipkart’s logistics unit Ekart; Surojit Chatterjee, SVP and head of product, and chief marketing officer Samardeep Subandh have left the company. Also, Flipkart has received resignations of Ashish Agrawal and Hari Vasudev, both senior vice presidents of engineering.
Along with resignation of two engineering VPs, Flipkart has also brought back two executives — Manish Kumar and Nitin Rajput, to help launch a new category. The category said to be a new grocery line will be launched to make the platform competent against arch rivals — Amazon and Snapdeal.
Manish and Nitin have previously worked with Flipkart and left the company to start their hyperlocal start-up. However, they have now folded their venture and re-joined Flipkart to drive the groceries category, said people aware of the matter. Kumar will be leading the new category.