Alok Jain

Alok Jain, the chief marketing officer of the restaurant search & discovery service Zomato, has quit the company just 10 months after his appointment. It’s currently not clear at what is Jain’s next move and who will be replacing Jain at Zomato.

Jain had joined Zomato in September last year and had told Medianama that they intend to step up Zomato’s marketing campaigns and make the company from being an Indian brand to a global brand.

Prior to this, Jain was serving as the chief marketing officer of Smile Group’s daily deals site for a short five months stint. Before this, he founded a mobile apps firm Unyqe in October 2010 and a Singapore-based digital marketing solutions firm Think Net in June 2008. He had also launched an online digital photo printing service (now defunct) in March 2006, which was shut down two years later and an online T-shirt portal in March 2005, which was sold off in January 2006. Besides this, he’s also had a short stint at GE Capital.

Earlier this month, Zomato had strengthened its South America presence by launching in Chile. Zomato founder & CEO Deepinder Goyal had mentioned that they have earmarked $2 million for expansion in the country.

The company had also made its first acquisition in form of New Zealand-based online restaurant guide MenuMania for an undisclosed amount earlier this month. Goyal had mentioned that they are also in advanced acquisition talks with two other companies – one in Europe and Southeast Asia.

In November last year, Zomato had stated plans of expanding to 22 new countries across Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Americas over the next two years. This was after it had raised $37 million from Sequoia Capital and existing investor Info Edge.

Corrigendum: The previous article had mentioned wrong dates for some of Jain’s ventures. Our apologies for the error.