Former CEO of the iconic New Delhi QSR chain Nirula's Corner House and Mars Hotels & Restaurant Samir Kuckreja has booked a place in online restaurant discovery platform Zomato's top management team.
Kuckreja will be spearheading the food tech firm's cloud-based point of sale product, Zomato Base, as its president, according to a report by ET.
Zomato Base, which was launched in April 2016, is an Android-based PoS system that offers restaurants a host of features including menu, recipe, inventory management, a built-in payment solution that accepts debit and credit card payments, CRM and real-time analytics.
This is not Kuckreja's first brush with Zomato, with whom he has worked in the past on products such as restaurant booking as also in an advisory capacity, while running his hospitality consulting venture Tasanaya Hospitality.
“Prior to joining Zomato, full-time this month, Samir has worked with us in the capacity of a consultant and already understands the business fairly well,” said a spokesperson for Zomato.
“We are excited to have him on board and look forward to learning from and leveraging his unique experience in helping develop the restaurant industry ecosystem in India.“
Kuckreja, a graduate from Cornell University , US, has earlier worked as the joint MD for Mars Hotels & Restaurants before he moved to Nirula's as MD & CEO until 2012 when he started Tasanaya Hospitality.
Kuckreja also served as president of the National Restaurant Association of India until 2015 and remains a key trustee in the association even now. Kuckreja's appointment comes at a time when Zomato has chalked out plans for aggressive investments in food delivery and new businesses such as cloud kitchens as reported by ET earlier.
Zomato has been on the lookout for a fresh round of capital that is expected to be higher than the $60 million it raised in September 2015 from Singapore's sovereign wealth fund Temasek and investment firm Vy Capital.
The restaurant discovery platform has mandated global investment bank Morgan Stanley for the new financing round and will use the capital raised for its delivery business as to expand new businesses such as table reservations and special deals by restaurants.