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Quikr appoints P.D. Sundar as head of its services vertical QuikrServices

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classifieds site Quikr today announced the appointment of P.D. Sundar as head
of the company’s soon to be launched Services vertical – QuikrServices.

Online
classifieds site Quikr today announced the appointment of P.D. Sundar as head
of the company’s soon to be launched Services vertical – QuikrServices.

As the head of
this business which has very strong consumer appeal in India, Sundar will be
responsible for further extending Quikr’s leadership by verticalising its
product as well as marketing and revenue generation for this category.

Commenting on
his appointment, Pranay Chulet, Founder & CEO of Quikr said, “We welcome
Sundar to Quikr as we go deeper in key categories and further extend our
overall market leadership in the Indian classifieds industry. We already
dominate Services classifieds in the country and its growth is further
accelerating for us. More and more consumers are using Quikr to find stuff
ranging from retail services such as hobby classes and electronics repair to
household service providers such as maids, cooks, drivers, plumbers and movers.
We are excited to have an experienced business builder like Sundar lead our
charge in this category.”

Commenting on
the occasion, Sundar P.D said, “I am delighted to be a part of the largest
classifieds platform in India – we already have a very large, market leading
business in Services, and yet things are going to get even more interesting for
us in terms of size as well as depth of our business. When we look at the
insides of our business, it’s evident to us that our own platform’s network
effect in Services is further getting compounded by the macro factors in India.
I am immensely excited about the opportunity to lead Quikr Services.”

Sundar has 15
years of strong experience in the internet industry in India. He was the Head
of Internet Channels and e-commerce at Citibank India, and the Head of Digital
business at The Hindu, one of India’s respected newspapers. Previously, Sundar
headed the overall India classifieds business at Sulekha across categories such
as real estate, cars & bikes and used goods. Sundar is a graduate of IIT
Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad.

Seven months
ago, Quikr had raised $60 million in a funding round led by Tiger Global with
participation from its existing investors, including Matrix Partners India,
Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, Warburg
Pincus and eBay Inc, besides Kinnevik.

Founded in 2008
by Chulet and Jiby Thomas (who quit the firm later), Quikr was originally
started as Kijiji India. The firm later rebranded to Quikr. It is a large scale
cross-category classifieds business with over 30 million consumers. These
consumers come to Quikr to sell, buy, rent or find products and services in a
variety of categories such as electronics and household goods, real estate,
cars, bikes, jobs and services. The firm claims that small businesses across
1,000 cities are using the site.

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