'An irreplaceable loss': Britannica COO who committed suicide was an inspiration to his friends

On Sunday, Vineet Whig, COO of Britannica, left for his morning walk on his usual time. Later, his body was found inside a ventilator shaft of a building in Gurgaon, which was recently named Gurugram, by a cleaning staff member. The police said that the 47-year-old executive had allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 19th floor of a building.

The suicide note found in his pocket said, "I am taking my own life, no one is responsible. I am unable to cope. I am sorry. I am depressed. I see no way out except for suicide. Yes, I am a coward. I should have faced life."

Whig lived in Block-D of DLF Belvedere Park with his wife, two sons, a daughter and his father who suffered a heart attack after receiving the news of Whig's death. His friends and colleagues described him as an inspiration and a mentor, according to The Indian Express.

Vineet Whig. Image courtesy Facebook

Vineet Whig. Image courtesy Facebook

The report further added that Whig studied at Delhi Public School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and later graduated in Economics from Delhi University and got his MBA degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University.

According to his LinkedIn profile, the COO of Britannica started his career at NIIT Ltd in 1992 as a general manager, before moving to Wipro, in 2006, as an associate vice-president. He then joined iDiscoveri and later, Pearson VUE as the head of operations for Asia Pacific, two years later. He returned to NIIT (in 2011) for two years, before joining Encyclopedia Britannica in 2014 as an adviser and a year later, became the COO.

People who worked with Whig have described him as a "brilliant leader" and "an amazing person to work with". His LinkedIn profile features two public recommendations. One provides details about what a down-to-earth person he was. "Vineet is an amazing person to work with. He is extremely detail oriented, very methodical in his approach, and brings in excellent management skills. At the same time he is also a very down-to-earth and people-oriented person and makes sure his team feels happy and secure working with him.He is very approachable, and was always there to help whenever I needed any support."

The Britannica India site also posted a condolence message, saying, "Vineet was a humble, creative, and modest person" and that he will be missed at Encyclopaedia Britannica India, where "he left his mark in the way he implemented the industry's best practices and processes in learning solutions design and development," and that his death was an irreplaceable loss.

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Updated Date: May 17, 2016 13:58:27 IST

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