In this cut throat competition where every firm is on its toes to grab each and every opportunity that comes there way, Alibaba has managed to score a bullseye. The Chinese ecommerce giant has roped in Priya Cherian, Director-HR, Flipkart, on its platform. This tug-of-war game finally got over when Cherian put down her papers at Flipkart and decided to hop on to the new opportunity.
Before joining Flipkart, she was serving Yahoo as HR Director for almost seven years. Alibaba is in the process of starting its consumer facing online business here by early next year. Bharati Balakrishan, former chief business officer at local services marketplace LocalOye was the first senior level hire made by Alibaba for its local team in India.
An email sent to Alibaba didn’t elicit and response and on the other hand, Alibaba’s spokesperson commented that the company does not comment on rumours about personnel movement as a matter of its policy.
While Cherian moving out of Flipkart adds to the senior level churn at the company, it also indicates Alibaba's swift execution of its India plan. Gowrappan, a former Yahoo executive, has been mandated to chart out Alibaba's India entry. He is one of the key executives at the company steering the online retailer's broader growth plans in Asian markets (excluding China), specially India.