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Udaan names co-founder Vaibhav Gupta as CEO, plans IPO in 18-24 months

The B2B e-commerce platform looks at becoming a publicly listed entity in the next 18-24 months.

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

(L - R) Amod Malviya, Vaibhav Gupta, Sujeet Kumar - Co-founders, Udaan
(L - R) Amod Malviya, Vaibhav Gupta, Sujeet Kumar - Co-founders, Udaan

Udaan on Friday said it is moving to a CEO-led structure with co-founder Vaibhav Gupta assuming the role of chief executive as the B2B e-commerce platform looks at becoming a publicly listed entity in the next 18-24 months.

The other two co-founders, Amod Malviya and Sujeet Kumar, as board members will actively work with Gupta to "ensure that the organisation effectively transitions to a CEO-led structure for continued success", a statement said.

The changes are effective from Friday.

"The plan, that involves a CEO-led and board driven organisation, envisages building Udaan as a future-ready organisation with an aim to capitalise on the enormous growth opportunity that the Indian offers," the statement said.

As Udaan embarks on its next leg of growth, the company has decided to move to a CEO-led and board driven structure that will enable the organisation to evolve, scale-up and achieve its growth ambitions, it added.

"This is also in line with the evolution needed for Udaan to become a publicly listed entity over the next 18-24 months," it noted.

A stellar response to Zomato's IPO, and a profitable listing in July has prompted a number of internet-led businesses to make a beeline for this route.

A number of internet-led businesses, including Paytm, MobiKwik and PolicyBazaar have filed for IPOs while like Droom have stated their intent to get listed soon.

Udaan co-founder and CEO Vaibhav Gupta said Udaan has come a long way in the last five years, creating not only the B2B e-commerce industry in India but also a playbook that is now being emulated in other developing economies.

"As we embark on the next phase of our growth journey, it is important to lay the right foundations for that. It is with this objective that this structure has been created that will help in the evolution of the organisation, enhance agility and efficiency, drive innovation and bring us closer to the customer," he added.

He exuded confidence that the company will be successful in realising its vision of transforming India's massive USD 1 trillion trade market.

Udaan co-founder Amod Malviya said the Indian market offers tremendous growth potential in the B2B e-commerce space.

"For the next few years, our focus will be on strengthening governance, driving innovation, capabilities, systems and processes, with a special focus on building a talent pipeline to capitalise on the huge opportunity that Bharat offers. What we have achieved in the last 5 years is just the tip of the iceberg," Udaan co-founder Sujeet Kumar added.

Founded in 2016, Udaan has over 3 million users (businesses) and more than 30,000 sellers on its platform. In January, Udaan announced raising USD 280 million (about Rs 2,048 crore) in funding from investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tencent, DST Global, GGV Capital, Altimeter Capital, Octahedron Capital and Moonstone Capital.

Udaan has invested more than Rs 4,000 crore in the past 12-18 months across technology, supply chain, category, credit, employee and compliance.

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First Published: Fri, September 10 2021. 17:06 IST