13 February 2018
Reporter: Becky Butcher

Gaurav Kumar takes on COO role at The Smart Cube

The Smart Cube has appointed Gaurav Kumar to the new role of COO.

Gaurav joined The Smart Cube as a research analyst in 2005, progressing to associate vice president, before joining Fidelity Investments in 2012 to help grow the firm’s analytics and market intelligence function.

In his new role, Gaurav will pick up the responsibilities previously held by managing director Sameer Walia, who is stepping down after 15 years.

Walia said: “Upon first meeting Gaurav Kumar I knew that I wanted him at The Smart Cube. His intellect, hard work and personable nature saw him rise quickly—a record five promotions in less than seven years—so I am thrilled to welcome him back to lead our operations. I am proud of our strong culture, work ethic and high client retention rate, and know Kumar will take this from strength to strength.”

Commenting on his appointment, Kumar added: “I’m extremely excited to be back, with new skills and experience gained across analytics, technology, product development and, above all, people and operations management. From being client-side, I hope my fresh perspective and understanding of what clients are looking for, will allow me to add new value.”

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