Raju’s new position at upGrad will require him to develop go-to-market plans and spearhead high-impact marketing campaigns to further solidify the brand’s identity across online and offline channels.
With more than 12 years of professional experience, Raju, an IIM Calcutta alumnus, has managed a variety of marketing portfolios in the FMCG and telecom industries. He began working at CavinKare as a Senior Brand Manager, was promoted to supervise the E-commerce division, and then was given a leadership role to manage the company’s domestic business’s hair care portfolio. Rakesh had been a Senior Product Manager for Airtel’s Telecom and Airtel Money business verticals before joining CavinKare.
Ankit Khirwal, the head of marketing at upGrad, welcomed Raju to his new position by saying, “We are thrilled to have Rakesh Raju on board. He is a perfect fit for upGrad given his business knowledge and experience in the marketing initiatives of top brands, especially at this time when we are experiencing rapid growth and such strategic hirings will further enable us to achieve the highest campaign-performance efficiency. “
The timing couldn’t have been better, and I’m thrilled to join upGrad at this crucial moment in the company’s history. I’ve always loved the brand and leadership on the other side and now is my chance to work directly with them to carve out a stronger brand niche in a crowded market. Rakesh continued, “I intend to apply my acquired skills and experience in the best possible way to improve upGrad’s position as the ‘higher-Ed leader’ across levels. Driving impactful education for millions of people demands commitment.
Furthermore, upGrad, the largest online higher education provider in India, founded in 2015, offers courses in data science, technology, management, and law to individuals, businesses, and professionals in the workforce. The IIT Madras, MICA, NMIMS Global Access, Jindal Global Law School, Duke CE, Deakin University, Liverpool John Moores University, and other prestigious universities collaborated on the design and delivery of every program.