Sudhir Bhargava, an excellent financial strategist with approximately 30 years of experience in the internet, education, management advising, and services industries, has been named Chief Financial Officer of CollegeDekho, India’s largest higher education ecosystem.
Sudhir will supervise fundraises and stakeholder management in his new capacity, as well as oversee and negotiate potential mergers and acquisitions. Sudhir’s appointment comes as CollegeDekho completes its Series B investment round, with plans to use the capital to expand into new areas outside of India, extend its product and service portfolio, and acquire Indian and worldwide enterprises that match CollegeDekho’s mission.
Sudhir has extensive experience in investor relations, initial public offerings (IPOs), fund raising, company development, corporate finance, treasury, and strategic planning. He was an Executive Vice President of Info Edge India Limited (parent company of Naukri.com), where he was a member of the IPO team and managed investor relations, as well as a member of the Naukri.com board of directors.
On the appointment of Sudhir as Chief Financial Officer, Ruchir Arora, Founder & CEO, CollegeDekho, said, “We are excited to have Sudhir onboard. He brings with him enormous expertise in domains representing a wide spectrum of finance, and has vast exposure to the service business such as the internet and education. This combination will help CollegeDekho strengthen the strategic alignment of its finance and business development functions, as it grows exponentially adding new verticals. The entire team at CollegeDekho is looking forward to having a wonderful experience working with Sudhir for years to come.”
Talking about his joining CollegeDekho, Sudhir Bhargava, CFO, CollegeDekho said, “CollegeDekho is disrupting the college discovery space and is growing rapidly in a booming domain. India’s demographics and the value its society attributes to education offers the company a vast opportunity. I see tremendous scope for CollegeDekho to grow multifold and am excited to be a part of its momentous journey.”
Sudhir obtained a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Faculty of Management Studies – University of Delhi. He started his career as a Consultant with AF Ferguson and Co, then worked in corporate Banking at ICICI Bank and thereafter as Regional Manager – Sales at HSBC Asset Management India. Besides his 11+ year stint with InfoEdge, Sudhir had also served as a CFO of two companies: MyMoneyMantra, and CL Educate Ltd.