Flipkart’s Neeraj Aggarwal, who served as VP of Ekart, has left the company as per the people aware of the development. In addition, he has joined cab aggregator Ola as the head of driver engagement and incentive planning.
As per Neeraj’s LinkedIn profile, he was handling the supply chain and logistics of the e-commerce marketplace. This news comes just two days after Nitin Seth, Ekart’s COO had departed. He was in charge of the logistics unit of Ekart and also managed the strategy and human resources. He is said to have left suddenly due to personal reasons.
This has now left Kalyan Krishnamurthy in charge of all the major operations of the company. Also, reportedly Aggarwal had put in the papers even before Seth had quit. Krishnamurthy had already taken over the HR department last week. He has the reigns of all the major portfolios of HR and finance, with CFO Sriram Venkataraman also reporting directly to him. One of the sources says,
Kalyan Krishnamurthy has all the major divisions reporting to him now and losing executives from the second layer of management at this juncture could be a tough task to manage.
The sources reveal that in addition to the supply chain management, Aggarwal was vigorously involved in the new businesses of Ekart under the leadership of former Ekart head Saikiran Krishnamurthy. The latter had left Flipkart after Krishnamurthy took over as CEO’s role from co-founder Binny Bansal. What’s worth nothing is the fact, that about half a dozen senior-level executives have resigned post this development including senior VP Surojit Chatterjee, who headed product and Chief Marketing Officer Samardeep Subandh.
Recently, drivers of Ola and Uber went on a strike that the firms have been employing new drivers time and again. This has ripped them off the benefits they could have gotten. The drivers were quoted saying they are promised that they would make “handsome money” when they join, but it is far from the reality. Bringing Neeraj on board, would help them address such issues in future and take care of the needs of the drivers.