As part of its 10th-anniversary celebration “Big10,” Indian largest and most successful E-commerce startup, Flipkart has held a competition where their employees could take part and become the CEO of the company for one day.
The employees who entered the contest were required to write a statement on giving a reason as – why they wanted to lead the company from the ‘corner office’. The winner will get to be in Flipkart’s actual CEO, Kalyan Krishnamurthy’s seat and will also get to take decisions like an actual CEO takes on any regular day.
On the announcement of the contest, Kalyan Krishnamurthy said in a statement: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our talented Flipsters to get a taste of what it means to be CEO of a large, innovative company like Flipkart. We have a talented pool of people leading high-intensity teams who are helping us disrupt and innovate.”
34-year-old Padmini Pagadala was announced as the winner of the Big10 via twitter by CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy. Padmini Pagadala is an associate Director, design has been with the association almost for 4 years. She is credited with designing over 17 fulfilment centres and 20 transport centres for Flipkart.
Sharing her excitement, Padmini said: “Only a company like Flipkart could present this mammoth of a canvas to an artist-engineer. For somebody like me to be selected, it’s huge and just because I got selected, all of my supply chain communities is like woah this is so awesome and a lot of women that I know are saying wow this is awesome so I truly feel so overwhelmed.”
As the CEO of the day, Padmini got to attend key stakeholder meetings alongside Krishnamurthy. The actual CEO even introduced the acting CEO for the day to his team and held meetings to discuss and deal the issues at hand.
Flipkart also stated that it’s not just the employees who are in for a pleasant surprise as part of the 10th anniversary. There are surprises planned for customers, partners and sellers as well in the coming days.
Flipkart, which originates from Bangalore, was launched in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. The e-commerce giant offers over 20 million products across 70+ categories and claims to have a userbase of over 100 Million. Read more about Flipkart.