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WhiteHat Jr hires senior executives to strengthen top brass

WhiteHat Jr hires senior executives to strengthen top brass
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21 Dec, 2020

Edtech startup WhiteHat Jr, which offers coding lessons to children, has hired four senior executives to strengthen its leadership team.

The new additions follow the Mumbai-based company’s foray into key global markets, including the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, a statement said.

Trupti Mukker, former global business head for banking and financial services operations at Wipro, will head the customer experience segment; Balaji Ramanujam, an IIM-Bangalore and IIT-Madras alumnus with innovation and edtech entrepreneurship experience, will head the curriculum and learning experience segment; Vishnu Dutt Sharma, former CEO of Vidya Mandir Classes, will lead global business vertical, and Hemant Sachetee, former vice president of HFCL Group, has been appointed as the CTO.

The leadership team at the Byju’s acquired company currently includes COO Ankur Nyati, former head of operations Ola UK, as well as B2B head Nitin Kochhar, former COO of Hero Electronix.

The core leadership portfolio will work closely with founder and CEO Karan Bajaj to deliver personalised, live learning services to ensure individualised outcomes for every child, the statement said.

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Additionally, WhiteHat Jr said it has committed to expanding its women-only teacher workforce of 11,000 to 100,000 in three years.

“WhiteHat Jr has grown rapidly from being just a concept two years ago to celebrating the joy of kids’ creativity in multiple countries across the world. We’re excited to continue onboarding a team of highly experienced, seasoned business leaders with deep passion for education to build strong systems and structures for future growth,” Bajaj said.

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To date, WhiteHat Jr claims to have taught more than 1,50,000 students across the globe, including countries such as India, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Last month, the company won an ad-interim injunction in a defamation case against Pradeep Poonia, an engineer who publicly criticised the edtech startup’s marketing tactics.