Kalyan Krishnamurthy who became chief executive officer of Flipkart in January this year, has now taken over the human resource department of the company. All key portfolios of the HR department as well as of finance are under his overview, with CFO Sriram Venkataraman now also directly reporting to him.
Key teams, including category design management, which Krishnamurthy headed before becoming CEO, as well as private labels, customer shopping, and marketing, continue to report to him directly. The engineering team headed by Ravi Garikapati also reports to Krishnamurthy.
Nitin Seth, who joined the company as chief people officer in March 2016 from Fidelity International, continued to handle HR after he was promoted as chief administrative officer and subsequently chief operating officer. His additional responsibilities include heading Ekart, which is the logistics division of the company, customer experience, strategy-to-execution capabilities and corporate functions.
The company is now looking for a HR head who can report to Krishnamurthy. According to a Flipkart spokesperson,
“Driving the people agenda and further enhancing Flipkart’s winning organisation culture has always been one of our top priorities. Towards this end, the people function will roll up to Kalyan. Meanwhile, we are looking to hire a head of HR, who will report to Kalyan and take full time responsibility for the function.”
Earlier this year, Flipkart saw senior-level exits, including head of Ekart Saikiran Krishnamurthy, senior-vice president of product management Surojit Chatterjee and chief marketing officer Samardeep Subandh as Krishnamurthy took over as CEO. The company also wooed ex-Flipsters to head new categories.