MediaNama has learned from reliable sources that Nikhil Rungta, Head of Marketing at online travel agent Yatra has put in his papers and will be joining Google India as Head of Marketing. Dhruv Shringi, Founder of Yatra, confirmed that Rungta has put in his papers, but would not comment further. At the time of filing this report, Rungta was not taking our call. He is yet to respond to an SMS requesting a confirmation or a denial.

On being contacted Google India confirmed Rungta’s appointment to MediaNama. Rungta was with Yatra for three years, prior to which he was McCann Erickson India as the Client Servicing Director for 3 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. A statement from a Google spokesperson:

We are delighted to announce Nikhil Rungta as head of marketing for Google India. Nikhil will be based out of our Bangalore office and will be responsible for driving the strategy and execution of all marketing efforts to support Google’s sales verticals, products and partnerships in India. With over 12 years of experience in sales and marketing, Nikhil brings on board the perfect combination of industry knowledge and thorough understanding of the consumer market in India.