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Industry moves: Livspace, Grofers, HOOQ, Vodafone India & WWE

Livspace appoints Gopal Dwivedi to lead modular division

gopaldwivediHome decor marketplace Livspace has appointed Gopal Dwivedi to lead its modular furniture and wardrobe division, reports Vccircle. Dwivedi replaces Arpit Khandelwal, the co-founder of DesignU, which was acquired by LivSpace last year.

In September, Livspace had also acquired YoFloor, a mobile platform that offers a virtual trial room for home designs. Post acquisition, co-founders of YoFloor and its core team would join Livspace. In August, Livspace raised $8 million in a round of funding from existing investors including Helion Venture Partners, Jungle Ventures and Bessemer Ventures. In May, the company acquired the curated online network of interior designers Dwll.in.


Varun Khurana quits Grofers in less than a year

varunkhuranaGrofers’ chief technology officer Varun Khurana, has quit the company less than a year after his appointment, reports NextBigWhat. He had joined Grofers after the company acquired My Green Box, and made its founder, Khurana, its CTO.

Earlier this month Grofers shut down services in 9 cities citing low acceptance. In November, it raised $120 million in a round of funding from SoftBank, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, with participation from existing investors Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital.


HOOQ appoints Salil Kapoor as managing director of India operations

salilkapoorVideo on demand service HOOQ has appointed former Dish TV chief operating officer Salil Kapoor, as managing director of its India operations, reports Vccircle. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s footprint in India.

In September, HOOQ appointed Peter Bithos as its CEO, Linda Höglund as its CFO, and Scott Lee as chief strategy and customer insights officer. At the same time, the company also appointed Ravi Vora as the chief marketing officer, where would head global marketing initiatives and manage all the country teams. HOOQ also appointed Michael Smith Jr. as its CTO and Krishnan Rajagopalan (also the co-founder) as the chief content officer.


Vodafone India appoints Rahul Bhagat as adviser for payment banks

Vodafone India has appointed Rahul Bhagat as an adviser to conceptualize its payments bank, reports ET Telecom. Bhagat will help with permissions, structuring of the organization and will work closely with chief operating officer Naveen Chopra.

In August last year, the RBI granted “in-principle” approval to 11 applicants for payments banks, including Vodafone. Last month the Department of Telecom also gave a green signal to Vodafone to merge four of its Indian entities (Vodafone East, Vodafone South, Vodafone Cellular and Vodafone Digilink) into Vodafone Mobile Services (VMS).


WWE appoints Joji George as India GM

jojigeorgeWorld Wrestling Entertainment has appointed Joji George as the vice presiddent and general manager of WWE India, reports bestmediainfo. He will report to Ed Wells, the senior VP and managing director of WWE International.

George has over 15 years of experience in broadcasting, entertainment, digital and live events and global media. Meanwhile WWE is set to return its live events in Delhi on the 15th and 16th of January. The agency currently broadcasts Raw Sunday Dhamaal and Smackdown Hindi, both broadcast on Zee Cinema in Hindi.

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