Nitin Seth, the former COO of Flipkart, has served a legal notice to the e-commerce firm over the way he was fired from the company, sources directly aware of the development told TOI. Seth joined Flipkart last year as the head of HR (chief people officer) after a stint as Fidelity International’s country head.Seth was later elevated as the COO, becoming the second most prominent executive at Flipkart after Kalyan Krishnamurthy took over as the CEO.Apart from leading the HR function, he was also heading Flipkart’s logistics unit Ekart and corporate functions like strategy at the Bengaluru-headquartered online retailer.
When contacted by TOI, Seth and a Flipkart spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. In what had come as a surprise to many, Seth was abruptly asked to quit in May. His elevation at Flipkart had raised eyebrows when, from heading HR, in no time he became one of the top executives at the firm. He could not culturally fit into the organisation which is one of the reasons that led to his exit, said a source who did not want to be named.