Former PayTM executive Sonia Dhawan has recently joined private equity SAIF Partners as Corporate Communication Advisor. She will be responsible for handling the media strategy of SAIF and companies under its portfolio.
Companies under SAIF’s umbrella include PayTM, Meesho, ClearTax, Rivigo, Swiggy, and Chaayos.
Earlier, Dhawan was the Vice President of Corporate Communications for First Games, PayTM’s gaming platform. Before joining PayTM, she was part of a women-only social community platform, SHEROES. Dhawan has also worked with Times Internet Limited before joining PayTM and SHEROES, where she used to head business operations.
Dhawan was caught up in controversies in 2018 when she was arrested by Noida police with two other PayTM employees for allegedly trying to extort money from PayTM’s Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
With $3 billion assets under management, SAIF is one of the top active investors in India, which has funded more than 100 startups. It is already launched its sixth fund in India. Last year in October, Facebook India had also announced its collaboration with the venture capital fund in a bid to strengthen its commitment to enable the growth of Small and Medium Businesses in the country.
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