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Flipkart in trouble again: Former COO sends legal notice over his ouster
HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Friday, 14 July 2017

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Flipkart’s former COO, Nitin Seth, who was recently fired from the company, has apparently slapped a legal notice on the company.

The Indian e-commerce player, Flipkart, may be in a little bit of a trouble once again, as its former COO, Nitin Seth, who was recently fired from the company, has apparently slapped a legal notice. Seth had joined last year as the chief people officer at Flipkart, after serving as the country head at Fidelity International.

Soon after joining Flipkart, Seth was elevated as the COO, making him the second most prominent executive at Flipkart after Kalyan Krishnamurthy took over as the CEO. He was not only leading the HR function, but was also heading Flipkart's logistics unit, Ekart, and corporate functions, such as strategy. At Flipkart, Seth was surprisingly asked to leave this May, after his light-speed promotion at the company. However, despite a few attempts, Flipkart refrained from commenting on the development.

Seth’s elevation at Flipkart had raised speculations as he rose up the levels to reach the second top most positon in the company in no time. Even his sudden departure from the company came as a surprise to many. Cultural disconnect is reportedly being cited as one of the major reasons behind his ouster or exit, while his decision to take legal action points towards other issues. Apparently, Seth has challenged his ouster saying it was illegal.

Whatever may be the reality, Flipkart seems to be in trouble once again owing to the legal notice. Reports suggest that this could result in a long legal tussle, especially at a time when Flipkart is looking to hire senior executives after a huge churn at the senior levels, in the recent past.

It is Krishnamurthy himself, who has been heading all the major verticals after Seth’s exit from the company.

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