Edtech unicorn Lead elevates Anupam Gurani and Manoj Naik to CXO level – Startup Story

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WestBridge Capital-backed Leadership Boulevard Pvt. Ltd, has promoted Anupam Gurani as chief business and marketing officer and Manoj Naik as chief finance and operations officer. Boulevard Pvt. Ltd  runs school edtech platform Lead, this development comes in view of Lead’s scaling up its growth in partner school network as it aims to reach 60,000 schools and 25 million students by 2026.  
Gurani will now also drive customer success and revenue generation at Lead, on the other hand Naik will also lead the supply chain and procurement business, in addition to leading financial operations at the company. Gurani earlier led teams in companies such as Disney+ Hotstar, Vodafone, Google and Reckitt, across India and Southeast Asia while Naik had earlier led finance, commercial and technology operations in GE Capital, ManipalCigna Health Insurance and Fullerton Securities.
The company, founded by Sumeet Mehta and Smita Deorah in 2012, witnessed a robust revenue growth in 2020-21 (FY21), its revenue from operations nearly doubled to Rs 57 crore from Rs 29 crore a year earlier. However, the company’s loss widened multifold to Rs 126 crore from Rs 36 crore a year earlier. Earlier Lead had  joined the unicorn club after raising $100 million as a part of its Series E funding round led by WestBridge Capital and GSV Ventures. 
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