Soon after co-founder Binny Bansal’s exit, the e-commerce giant Flipkart is on a hiring spree. The management is said to be in discussions with top headhunting firms to fill senior positions that have been vacant for a while, and thus, the company is looking for a new chief technology officer (CTO) and chief product officer (CPO).
Flipkart’s CPO, Punit Soni left the company in 2016. In November last year, the e-commerce major had moved its chief of tech, Ravi Garikipati, to what it called the fin-tech department. Since then the tech team has been reporting to Krishnamurthy.
Over the next two weeks, some expect Krishnamurthy to meet with some of the leading head hunters. Also, it was reported that the company had hired an HR head – Smriti Singh. The post was lying vacant for 18 months. She would join Flipkart next month.
“Flipkart is committed to the growth of e-commerce in India particularly to innovate to get the next 100 million customers online! In line with that vision, we have aggressive growth plans in place. We have an enormous focus on getting top talent and talent acquisition at all levels and grooming will continue to be in line with these plans, which we only see being accelerated in future,” Flipkart spokesperson said.
Krishnamurthy has tried to keep the organizational structure less top-heavy. He hired five VPs after Walmart’s investment, while there was no major addition at an SVP level. In 2015, the company had more than a dozen SVPs, but that number is now down.