With Zomato soon to go public, the online food delivery brand has been in the news for a while. Ahead of its IPO, Zomato has elevated its former chief financial officer (CFO), Akriti Chopra, as its Chief People Officer and co-founder of the business.
This news was shared on Wednesday through a company memo by Deepinder Goyal, Founder, and CEO of Zomato, himself.
Deepinder Goyal stated in the memo, “Tuki (Akriti), I know this doesn’t mean much to you, because you have always been a founder at Zomato. Sometimes more than me, but never less than me. Thank you. Congratulations for now officially being a founder at Zomato.”
This is not the first time that Zomato has made an executive a co-founder. Mohit Gupta who was previously appointed as the CEO of its food delivery business was also elevated as the co-founder. Gaurav Gupta, who previously was the Chief Operating Officer, is now the co-founder as well.
Akriti, who was working with PwC earlier, had joined Zomato in 2011 as a senior manager of finance and operations. She later became the Chief Financial Officer and Chief People Officer.
During her extensive tenure with Zomato, Chopra has contributed to building the company’s in-house legal, governance, risk, and compliance teams. She was also part of the global growth and international operations teams at the company.
In April this year, Zomato has filed it’s Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator SEBI, proposing an initial public offering of ₹8,250 crores. It seems that prior to the launch of its public offering later this year, Zomato has been restructuring its top-level management.
Kaushik Dutta, director of Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, took over as chairman; Gunjan Tilak Raj Soni, CEO of Zalora Group, an e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia; Namita Gupta, founder of Airveda, maker of app-enabled air quality monitor; Sutapa Banerjee, a behavioral insights adviser; and Aparna Popat, a professional badminton player joined the board, reported CNBC TV18.