Puneet Gupt appointed as COO for Times Internet

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Puneet Gupt

Puneet Gupt has been appointed the new chief operating officer for Times Internet, with immediate effect. An Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta academian, Gupt has been the head of Times Internet’s news business since 2011 and has worked with the Times Group for over 10 years. During his tenure, the company launched eTimes, GadgetsNow, and NewsPoint. The company says Times Internet’s news business saw a 6.5 times growth under Gupt.

Gupt was vice president and business head of Times of India Digital (web and mobile) for over 4 years from 2012. He managed the digital business of 11 brands in Times Internet, including TOI Digital. He served as the chief operating officer of Times Internet’s news division since May 2016, where, according to him, he led TOI to a 5x growth in revenue and users. He also managed the Indic language business across 8 languages, and led it to a 7x growth.

Gupt was the product head at Times Group’s real estate portal MagicBricks until 2009. He has also been with hCentive Inc, Unicon Financial Intermediaries, Global Logic, and Infosys and Aztec.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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