Leadership changes at Vdopia

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Digital
Last updated : August 28, 2014
The changes are aimed at expanding the company's product offerings and enable it to meet the challenges of the ad tech industry.

Saurabh Bhatia

Srikanth Kakani

Chhavi Upadhyay

Vdopia Inc, the online and mobile video advertising firm, has undergone a realignment of its top management. This was done to expand and expedite its product offerings and enable the company to meet the distinct demands and challenges of the ad tech industry.

As a part of the rejig, Saurabh Bhatia, who co-founded Vdopia in 2007 and has since been as its chief business officer, was appointed chief executive officer, succeeding Srikanth Kakani (also a co-founder) who becomes the company's chief technology officer, a new position. Chhavi Upadhyay, another co-founder, who has served as chief operating officer, becomes Vdopia's president, another new position.

As Vdopia's CEO, Bhatia will have global responsibilities for driving the company's growth and vision, leading the company's strategy, defining the product road map and be in charge of overall revenue growth.

He has over 10 years of sales and business development experience. Prior to co-founding Vdopia, he held executive positions at Maxcellence, Peak Performance Solutions and Insways Software. Bhatia holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

As Vdopia's first CTO, Kakani will oversee the development, implementation and growth of Vdopia's technology vision. This includes strengthening the core technology of .VDO, Vdopia's proprietary ad format, launching and building a mobile video marketplace, development of big data targeting engines and Vdopia's approach to native advertising.

Upadhyay, as the company's president, will provide leadership and direction to human resources, legal, accounting and finance in addition to her current responsibilities of global operations and business development. "Under Srikanth's direction, Vdopia served video ads to 63 of the top 100 Ad Age advertisers and expanded globally, opening up offices in nine countries. Building on the momentum set by him, we aim to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast-changing world," comments Bhatia.

Vdopia Inc. is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in Silicon Valley. Vdopia had raised $3.4 million in a Series B round of funding in December 2012. It had previously raised $4 million from Nexus Venture Partners in October 2009, following an undisclosed seed round from the same fund in December 2008.

First Published : August 28, 2014
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