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Britannica COO suicide: Friends, kin recall inspirational Vineet Whig

Whig studied Economics from DU and did his MBA from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He was an alumnus of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, said a family member.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon |
Updated: May 17, 2016 7:41:56 am
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People who knew Vineet Whig described him as inspirational, while listing winsome traits such as honesty, but none of them knows why the 47-year-old Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Britannica ended his life Sunday. Whig jumped to death from his residential society’s building in Gurgaon’s DLF Phase III Sunday morning.

“It is an irreplaceable loss,” said a family member. Whig’s friends said he was a true mentor. “This loss is unbearable. What could have led to this?” said a friend who worked with him at iDiscoveri Education Pvt Ltd in 2008. Starting in 1992, Whig worked in NIIT before becoming an associate vice-president in Wipro in 2006. Later, he worked with iDiscoveri before moving to Pearson VUE as head of operations-Asia Pacific in 2008. He returned to NIIT in 2011 before moving to Encyclopedia Britannica in 2014 as an adviser. He became the COO in April 2015.

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Whig studied Economics from DU and did his MBA from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He was an alumnus of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, said a family member.

A ‘suicide note’ found in Whig’s pocket stated, “Main bohot kamzor padh gaya tha. I do not have the will to deal with the situation of my life. I have been depressed with things in my life, for which I would not blame anyone. I would not like to blame anyone for this extreme step.” He jumped into the ventilator shaft on the 19th floor of Belvedere Park towers. He lived in the apartment with his wife, three children and 87-year-old father, said police. Whig was cremated Sunday.

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