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CarDekho parent ropes in Yatra’s Pragya Kumar as chief people officer
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Jaipur-based Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd, which owns auto portals CarDekho.com, BikeDekho.com and Gaadi.com, on Wednesday said it has appointed former HR head of Yatra.com Pragya Kumar as chief people officer.

Kumar takes over from Ankur Agarwal, who was overseeing the function even as he led business at the company's insurance unit.

"Our current company culture has led to a successful business, however, with Pragya’s expertise, we will have an evolving culture that feeds our business objectives," said Amit Jain, CEO and co-founder of Girnar Software.

Kumar, who headed the HR vertical at Yatra.com for close to seven years, holds an MBA from the Delhi School of Economics and a master's in political science from University of Delhi. She has also worked with organisations such as SAIL, Dorling Kindersley, iBilt Technologies and Mentor Graphics.

Girnar Software, founded in 2007 by siblings Amit Jain and Anurag Jain, also owns TyreDekho.com and BuyingIQ. In 2014, Girnar had acquired Naspers Group-owned Gaadi.com. It also bought Zigwheels.com from Times Internet in September 2015. The same year, it invested $1 million in edu-tech startup CollegeDekho.

In March 2016, the company secured an undisclosed amount of investment from Google Capital as part of its extended Series B funding round.

In January 2015, Girnar Software received $50 million () in the first tranche of a Series B funding round led by Hillhouse Capital, with participation from Sequoia Capital and Tybourne Capital. The investment was done at a post-money valuation of $300 million. HDFC Bank and Ratan Tata had also invested in the company in 2015.

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