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BharatPe CEO Suhail Sameer to step down: Report

Suhail Sameer, the chief executive officer of BharatPe, is reportedly stepping down. However, the company has denied the development.

A report in Mint, quoting a person familiar with the development, says Suhail is stepping down. It also says a leadership transition is being planned at the firm, and an announcement in this regard is likely to be made later this month.

YourStory has reached out to the company for a response.

The report in Mint says Suhail had been overseeing the fintech unicorn company after it ousted co-founder Ashneer Grover alleging financial misappropriation. Sameer, who was earlier CEO of FMCG business at RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, joined BharatPe in August 2020 as president. 

As per the report, Sameer had, in recent weeks, come in for personal attacks by Grover, who had responded to civil and criminal suits alleging fraud, filed by BharatPe, by unleashing a series of disparaging tweets about former BharatPe colleagues.

Two people familiar with the board’s thinking said in December that the board had been scouting for a CEO and was keen to replace Sameer, the report says.

However, BharatPe has denied the development. “Suhail continues to be the CEO of BharatPe, and we would not like to further comment on any market speculation,” a company spokesperson said.

Suhail Sameer, CEO, BharatPe

Suhail Sameer, CEO, BharatPe

Last month, four of the company’s senior executives, including chief technology officer Vijay Aggarwal, chief product officer for lending and consumer products Rajat Jain, and Nehul Malhotra, head of consumer lending platform PostPe, resigned from the company.

Bhavik Koladiya, who ran the fintech firm’s technology and product divisions, had stepped down in August last year.

BharatPe joined the unicorn club after raising $370 million from Tiger Global in August 2021. Former SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar was appointed as the chairman of BharatPe in October 2021.

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