Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO has appointed Himanshu Tandon as the new head of India operations. He succeeds Anuj Sharma, who is returning to Xiaomi India as the chief marketing officer as part of the restructuring that also saw the appointment of Alvin Tse, former head of Xiaomi Indonesia and founding team member of Xiaomi, as the company’s head of operations in India.
Tandon has been a part of POCO’s founding team and played a key role in the brand’s growth in India. Prior to this, he was the head of online sales and retail at POCO India. Before joining POCO, he was a senior manager — regional business manager and corporate strategy at Videocon Mobiles.
POCO was started as a sub-brand of Xiaomi with devices that were sold online and aimed at younger buyers. It was spun off to become an independent company in January 2020. In a short span of time, the company managed to capture 2% of the smartphone market share in the first month of operations in 2020, according to a Counterpoint Research report published in April 2022. POCO was also one of the top five brands in the ₹15,000-20,000 price segment as of Q1 22, as per the same report.
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Tandon has a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management ((IIM) Bangalore with a specialisation in strategy, sales and marketing, and general management, according to his LinkedIn profile.
POCO India claims that Tandon also holds a Guinness Book of World Record for opening a record number of stores in a single day. He opened 505 stores for Xiaomi on a single day when he was the project manager at the company.
“In the subsequent days, Himanshu is looking forward to connecting with all of you and taking POCO to even greater heights,” POCO India said in a statement.
POCO also announced that it is expanding its after-sales footprint to over 2,000 service centres across the country.