upGrad appoints Saranjit Sangar as CEO – UK, Europe, and Middle East

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BENGALURU: Online higher education company upGrad has announced the appointment of Saranjit Sangar as the CEO – UK, Europe, and Middle East, in a move to strengthen its penetration into the international markets, said a statement issued today.

Sangar is an experienced leader with a diverse international career across e-commerce (Amazon, UK), last-mile logistics (Amazon, UK, and Honestbee, Singapore), cloud kitchens (Grab, Singapore) and FMCG (Godrej, India). She has a successful track record of building and scaling businesses, growing teams, and creating value for customers and partners for over a decade.

In her last role as director – Grab Ventures and new businesses at Grab, South East Asia’s first decacorn leader in ride-hailing, on-demand deliveries, and payments, she has been instrumental in building Grab’s cloud kitchens in Thailand, Singapore from the ground up while defining the country targets, building the organisation structure and owning the entire P&<.

“upGrad’s international expansion is a multi-pronged strategy. While last year we saw good traction for our existing programmes from the large 40 million South Asian diaspora, we are now focused on leveraging our global tech platform, our strong wireframe model of deep learning, high-touch counselling in the digital world to replicate our success in these very large and interesting markets. Our goal was always to be a strong international edtech company and this is one step closer to achieving it,” said Ronnie Screwvala, co-founder and chairman, upGrad.

“I want to help create a level playing field for the aspiring youth and professionals by democratising education and making resources available, to help them make the right choices through their careers. At upGrad, we will now be providing internationally, a) relevant programmes to prepare them for the future of the workforce b) immersive learning experience with real-life work simulations c) mentors and counsellors who are industry experts d) career services – matching the skills-sets of our students, and helping them achieve meaningful outcomes,” said Sangar.

She joins her new role from 1st October 2020 and will be based out of London, UK.

upGrad is India’s largest online higher education company, which has impacted almost 9 lakh individuals globally. upGrad has ranked No.1 in the #LinkedInTopStartups India 2020 list. This is the third time in a row that upGrad has been featured in the #LinkedInTopStartup list.