SchoolEdTech major LEAD appoints ex-Paytm HR head Rohit Thakur as CHRO

Rohit Thakur_ CHRO _ LEAD

New Delhi, November 16, 2021: India’s premier SchoolEdTech major LEAD today announced the appointment of Rohit Thakur as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). Rohit, the former CHRO at India’s leading fintech firm Paytm, will play a pivotal role in taking forward LEAD’s vision of transforming the arc of education for 1.5 million schools and 260 million school-going children in India.

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At LEAD, Rohit will also be responsible for spearheading employee engagement, talent management and development, stakeholder engagement, internal communication, compliance, and a health and safety environment. Welcoming Rohit to the core leadership team, LEAD Co-founder and CEO Sumeet Mehta said, “We are building a culture where people learn a lot, grow a lot, make a massive impact on this world and build lifelong relationships while doing all this. Rohit is a well-respected and principled leader who has built teams and organizational culture in both large multinationals and start-ups. Both Smita and I are thrilled to have Rohit partner with us in making LEAD a great place to be in!”

In his new role, Rohit Thakur said, “I am thrilled to join LEAD, which has been at the forefront of transforming conventional schooling in India. It has brought several industry-first innovations since its inception. I am passionate about building a thriving company culture at LEAD and look forward to beginning working in this new capacity and contributing to the company’s growth journey.” Rohit has headed HR functions for various organizations. Besides Paytm, he has worked with Microsoft India, where he served as head of human resources. He spent 11 years at General Electric in various HR leadership roles across multiple businesses such as energy, capital, engineering, corporate, and aviation, both in India and the US. He was also associated with Eicher Tractors, Cadence Design Systems, and Bausch & Lomb. An MBA from XLRI, Rohit’s appointment is yet another step in strengthening LEAD’s core team.

About LEAD

LEAD is India’s foremost player in the School EdTech category promoted by Leadership Boulevard. LEAD was started in 2012 by Sumeet Mehta and Smita Deorah, with the mission to transform school education in India. It combines technology, curriculum, and pedagogy into an integrated system of teaching and learning, thus improving student learning outcomes and teacher performance in schools across the country. Today, LEAD serves 2000+ schools across 400+ cities, and reaches 8 Lakh plus students, and empowers 10k plus teachers. LEAD’s innovative and highly-effective Integrated Learning System significantly strengthens the role of schools, teachers, and parents in advancing the
overall growth and development of every child by providing the highest quality education.

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