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Snapdeal Names Jason Kothari As CEO Of FreeCharge, To Invest $20 Million

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  • E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal on Monday appointed Jason Kothari as the chief executive officer of its digital payments platform FreeCharge and said it will infuse an additional $20 million into the e-wallet firm. The investment will further accelerate innovation and growth, Snapdeal said in a statement.

    In addition to the role of the CEO, Jason will continue as chief strategy and investment officer at Snapdeal. He will also join the board of directors of FreeCharge.

    The Softbank-backed Snapdeal had acquired the digital payments platform in April 2015.

    “As India moves towards a cashless and digital economy, we are certain that FreeCharge will play a pivotal role in the transition. Jason is a strong, strategic and versatile business leader and entrepreneur who has already been the CEO of two successful companies,” Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal, said.

    Most recently, Kothari was the CEO of Softbank-backed online real estate company, where he led the turnaround of the company.

    Prior to joining, Kothari was the CEO and vice chairman of character-based entertainment company Valiant Entertainment.“The digital payments space in India is forecast to be over $1 trillion by 2025,” Kothari said adding that he expects FreeCharge to continue to play a key role in this digital payments revolution.