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Network 18's Durga Raghunath joins Zomato

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Digital | May 12, 2015
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Raghunath will join Zomato's leadership team in the capacity of senior vice president, growth.

Durga Raghunath will be joining Zomato as senior vice president (SVP), growth, to lead the restaurant search app's customer acquisition and retention efforts across the globe.

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Durga Raghunath

Raghunath will also work closely with the founding team at Zomato on key aspects of some of the new businesses which Zomato has already announced it will venture into - online ordering, table reservations and restaurant POS.

Prior to joining Zomato, Raghunath was CEO of Network18 Digital, where she was responsible for all its content properties, including Moneycontrol, Burrp!, IBNLive and Mobile18, in addition to being CEO of Firstpost. She joined Network18 as VP, Products, in 2010, to set up India's first exclusively digital newsroom, Firstpost, from scratch.

Prior to joining Network18, she was with The Wall Street Journal as India editor (mobile services and new product development); before that, she served as the GM/managing editor of Livemint, the digital presence for HT Media's financial daily, Mint. She has also worked with HarperCollins Publishers in New York across finance and marketing planning.

Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO, Zomato, says, "There are very few people who have a 360-degree understanding of how to run a business. I am excited to have Durga with us to keep Zomato on its growth trajectory for years to come."

"I have always been impressed by the way Zomato delivered true product value by getting the details right. Deepinder's comprehensive vision for the future has made me even more certain of Zomato's excellence. I'm very excited to have this opportunity," Raghunath says.

Zomato is a restaurant search and discovery app which claims to provide in-depth information for over one million restaurants across 22 countries. Zomato's core content features include restaurant information such as scanned menus and photos, sourced by its feet-on-street team across cities where it has presence. Users can rate and review restaurants, as well as create their own personal network of foodies for recommendations.

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