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Industry moves: Ixigo and Ortel Communications

Ixigo hires Manivel Kulandaivelu as travel marketplace VP and Parivartan Kukreti as national ad sales head

Ixigo has hired Manivel Kulandaivelu as VP of its travel marketplace and Parivartan Kukreti as national head of ad sales. Kulandaivelu and Kukreti will be responsible for ixigo’s pan India expansion in business solutions and monetisation for travel service providers and brands. They will also help small and mid-sized travel business enable technology and increase their direct sales via ixigo.


Kulandaivelu worked as the VP of special projects at HolidayIQ for about 2 years before he joined ixigo. At HolidayIQ, he also worked as the VP of revenue for 3 years and GM of sales for 2 years. Prior to that, Kulandaivelu worked as the marketing and divisional manager at BharatMatrimony for 4 years. He also worked as the business development manager at ChennaiOnline.com for over 2 years and the business analyst and development manager at Genome for 2 years as well as the business development manager at Kinship Technologies for about a year.


Interestingly, Parivartan Kukreti’s LinkedIn profile states that he has been working as the national head of ad sales at ixigo since February this year. Before ixigo, Kukreti worked as the regional head of north and east at Sify for about 2 years, the chief manager of sales at Indiatimes for around 4.5 years and sales head of northern region at 123greetings for over a year. Before 123greetings, he also worked as the deputy manager of alliances at India Today for a year, the assistant marketing manager at Encyclopaedia Britannica for about 2 years and senior response officer at Bennett, Coleman and Co Ltd for a year.

Ixigo claims to have crossed 5 million unique visitors monthly.


Ortel appoints Jiji John as VP of broadband

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Ortel Communications has appointed Jiji John as the VP of its broadband business, coming into effect from this month, reports IndianTelevision. John will be responsible for growth and profits of the broadband business.

Prior to Ortel, John was the VP at Asianet Satellite Communications for 6 years. He worked as the value added services head at Sify for over a year, head of new initiatives at Sify for 7 months, and held another position for over 8 years in the same company. He also worked at Escotel Mobile Communications for about two years.

With inputs from Mohammad Rumman

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