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Flipkart sees highest number of senior exits among peers

Source | The Times Of India

CHENNAI: While Flipkart‘s position as e-commerce market leader is hotly contested, it has gained number one position in one area. It has the highest number of senior management exits among its peers.

From CFO Sanjay Baweja, CTO Peeyush Ranjan, the list of high-profile exits at the e-commerce marketplace has been long — Mukesh Bansal, Lalit Sarna, Sunil Gopinath, Anand KV, Prakash Tilwani, Punit Soni and Satyam Bansal. Flipkart also tops the chart in terms of most number of executives packing their bags with shortest tenures.

For many of them, the decision was more about not being able to perform to potential and internal headwinds than greener pastures, data compiled by startup tracker Xeler8 showed.

The average tenure of senior executives at Flipkart was 11.5 months, compared to 38 months at Snapdeal, 27.5 months at ShopClues, 23 months at Ola and 25.5 at Mu Sigma, Xeler8 data said.

“Zoho faced this problem only during its fledgling years. The average tenure was 6.8 months around 2000. But since then the company has made a turnaround and now it is quite common for people to stay there for as long as 15 years and more,” said Rishabh Lawania, founder, Xeler8.

The data has been collated based on hires and exits over the past five years.
A startup culture comes with its own friction and management styles. While promoters might have a great idea, professional business heads need to be hired too, say investors. “We want to ensure our investment is protected, so we insist that the promoters hire industry veterans. But, many a times there is a mismatch. A head of technology at a unicorn, who was earning Rs 3.5 crore, chose to leave because of the promoter,” said Rahul Agarwal, member, Kolkata Angels Network.

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