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Byju’s investors vote to oust CEO from troubled edtech startup

Tan KW
Publish date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024, 07:30 AM
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Major Byju’s shareholders including Prosus NV and Peak XV Partners voted Friday to oust its founder as chief executive officer, escalating a battle over the fate of the once high-flying online tutoring startup that is fighting to remain in business.

Byju’s rejected the resolutions, which also sought to remove Byju Raveendran from the board of the company he founded in 2015, the company said in a statement on Friday. 

“The resolutions passed during the recently concluded extraordinary general meeting - attended by a small cohort of select shareholders - are invalid and ineffective,” according to the statement.

A spokesperson for Prosus declined to comment, while Peak did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The vote sends another clear signal of displeasure with the once-celebrated entrepreneur, who boycotted the meeting. It’s an unusual twist in a long-running dispute between a company once counted among India’s most valuable startups, and a clutch of influential investors that helped bankroll its pre-Covid ascent.

The shareholders’ decision came after a rowdy hours-long Zoom call for investors and management on Friday that several Byju’s employees tried to crash, according to two people who attended. Several times during the meeting, unknown participants tried to disrupt the proceedings with whistles and other loud noises, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing a private call.

Online-education pioneer Byju’s and its creditors have been mired in a prolonged restructuring conflict after the firm missed an interest payment on a US$1.2 billion loan. A unit of the company was put into bankruptcy in the US after the default.

 


  - Bloomberg

 

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