Sunday, December 8, 2013

Healthkart appoints ex Zynga exec as CTO

Gurgaon-based online health store Healthkart has named former Farmville executive Gaurav Agarwal as its chief technology officer and head of products, an announcement that highlights Indian internet companies' focus on attracting managerial talent as they look to ramp up operations.

Agarwal, 35, was earlier general manager at Farmville, the popular social network game launched by Silicon Valley-based gaming developer Zynga. He will also head Healthkart's products division, with a specific focus on taking forward the company's web and mobile initiatives.
"Gaurav will focus on driving higher conversions for Healthkart, customer engagement and bring in global best practices for the company," said Prashant Tandon, cofounder, Bright Lifecare, which owns and runs Healthkart.

The high-profile hire comes at a time when Indian internet companies are increasingly bringing on board top corporate executives to drive growth strategies, as they march towards profitability and prepare to go public. Last year, e-commerce major Flipkart named Aparna Ballakur, formerly of Yahoo India, as its human resources head. The company made the headlines last week after it emerged as the top recruiter at the country's premier engineering institutions - the Indian Institutes of Technology.

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