Smriti Krishna Singh quits Flipkart as Chief HR Officer
Smriti Singh, senior vice president and chief HR officer at Flipkart, has quit after a nearly one-year stint, according to an email sent by CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy to a select few executives.
Singh was overall responsible for people, talent, rewards, and learning and development at the Walmart-owned ecommerce company. She reported to Krishnamurthy.
Singh joined Flipkart at a time when Walmart acquired the e-commerce giant for $16 billion.
“She had the responsibility of keeping the firm's culture and transition smooth, even as multiple projects to drive synergies between Myntra and Flipkart were underway,” said a source aware of Singh’s departure.
This is one of the first senior leadership exits after the departure of Ananth Narayanan, the CEO of Myntra and Jabong in January.
“She has helped set the right direction for people and culture initiatives that will serve us well in the future... We thank her for the commitment and dedication to the company,” Krishnamurthy said in the email.
SVPs in Flipkart are part of the company’s senior leadership group.
Flipkart did not reply to ET’s email seeking comment till press time, Monday.
Prior to joining Flipkart Group, Singh was the vice president and HR head for Sony Pictures Networks India.
In recent months, Flipkart has dished out stock options to senior and mid-level employees and also bought back vested shares from staff to boost employee retention and morale.
Separately, last month Flipkart promoted Jeyandran Venugopal as chief product and technology officer (CPTO). At the same time, it announced that Adarsh Menon, the head of private labels and electronics; Phanimohan Kalagara, vice president of engineering; and Sakait Chaudhary, who oversees financial planning and investor relations, had been elevated to senior vice presidents.