Hike Rejigs Senior Mgmt; Hires Ex-Amazon Legal Expert

by Press Release    Oct 27, 2015

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hike messenger announced appointment of Hemant Goyal as VP of Finance and Gautam Vohra as its General Counsel. Both Hemant and Gautam will be reporting to Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO hike Messenger, the company said in a statement.

Goyal comes from Unilever Singapore, where he was Finance Director for Global Supply Chain. He has worked with Unilever for over 12 years in various roles and across geographies including India and Europe. Prior to Unilever, he was with Tata Motors.

The Company has also roped in Amazon India’s Principle Legal Counsel Gautam Vohra as it’s General Counsel. Gautam is one of the leading legal experts in technology and intellectual property matters and as General Counsel for hike he will focus on building the legal, compliance and policy functions as the company expands to the next level of growth in India and envision a global footprint.

On the appointments, Kavin Bharti Mittal said “With Hemant and Gaurav on board, we add a strong financial and legal foundation to our leadership team. Both Hemant and Gaurav bring incredible cross-domain experience in their respective fields and we are excited to have them on join us.”

Hemant Goyal said “I am delighted to join hike and work with this exceptional team. I’m excited about the umpteen possibilities to be explored within hike and I look forward to sharing my experiences and contributing to the future direction and growth of one of India’s fastest growing internet companies.”

Gautam Vohra commented “I’m thrilled to be a part of the organization at a time when the company is well-positioned to tap new possibilities during this time of ever evolving mobile-first rather mobile only world. Look forward to contributing towards the accomplishing the mission of bringing India online.”

Hemant and Gautam take charge at a time when hike readies for the next phase of growth in India’s fast growing mobile internet market. The company has been growing at an exponential pace and also building it’s leadership team as it continues to innovate in the hyper competitive messaging space.

hike messenger also recently strengthened their leadership positions by roping in Vidur Vyas as VP of Marketing and Sumit Mehra as Studio Head.

Launched in December 2012, hike has crossed 70 million users as of September 2015 with users sending over 20B messages per month, making it by far the 2nd largest messaging app in the country.