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Times Internet’s* head of Smartapp and mobile growth Deepak Abbot has quit the company. Gautam Sinha, the CEO of Times Internet will act as the interim head of growth after Abbot leaves at the end of this month.

Deepak Abbot worked with Times Internet as the head of mobile growth for 2.2 years. Before that he was the head of product marketing at Paytm, CPO at Reliance Entertainment Digital, general product manager at Zapak, UX consultant at Satyam Computers, ecommerce product manager at Times Internet and product executive at CyberMedia for a collective 19 years.

The company has hired Gaurav Sarin as business head of Smartapp. Sarin had previously co-founded RationalHeads Technologies and Vantage Analytics and worked with Airtel, Aircel, Times Internet, GroupM and Indiaeyeballs.com for over 17 years.

Note that MediaNama had enquired with Times Internet about Abbot’s departure over the last month, but was told that he was not quitting the company. We haven’t yet received a response from Times Internet on our latest query, but the following email from Sinha confirms his departure:

From: Gautam Sinha
Date: 17 October 2016 at 14:12:27 IST
To: management.team
Subject: Org. Announcement

Team:
I would like to apprise you that Deepak Abbot has decided to move on from his position as Head of Smartapp and Mobile Growth. He will be with us till the end of this month.

Deepak, in his second albeit short stint with us has demonstrated tremendous business traction by putting Smartapp on the global arena and winning innumerable accolades to redefining the entire growth strategy for us! I would like to applaud Deepak for his stupendous work and the start-up spirit that he has successfully passed on to his entire team. Please join me in wishing Deepak all the very best in all his future endeavours.

As Deepak Moves on, I will be personally overseeing “Growth” during the interim. Related announcement shall be made subsequently.

I’d also like you all to join me in formally welcoming Gaurav Sarin, who has joined us recently. Gaurav will be taking over as Business Head_Smartapp. Gaurav is a mobile & digital growth specialist  who brings with him 17 years of Mobile, Payments, Entertainment, Analytics, Internet and Advertising industry experience. Post his illustrious stints with leading telecom players like Airtel & Aircel, he went on and succumbed to the start-up bug! He founded Vantage Analytics, which was acquired by Genie Technologies and most recently was Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Rational Heads Technologies.

Deepak, I’d like to thank you once again and wish you success!
Congratulations Gaurav, and best wishes for your new role!
Best,
Gautam

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Last month, Archana Vohra (COO, Times Card, Communities and Brandwire) and Puneet Singhvi (COO Times Global Partners) left Times Internet and Avinash Agrawal joined, whereas Miten Sampat had an expanded role.

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Updates: Deepak Abbot was with TIL for 2.2 years, not 1.5. The error is regretted