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Ola picks top leadership talent for HR and Design


  • Sunit Singh from Cleartrip joins Ola as VP – Design
  • Yugantar Saikia from FICO India joins Ola as VP – Human Resources

Bangalore, February 9, 2015:Ola, India’s leading mobile app for personal transportation, today announced the appointment of Sunit Singh as VP – Design and Yugantar Saikia as VP – Human Resources. Sunit, who is touted as one of India’s best design professionals, will work towards building a world-class personal transportation product that a country of billion users would love! Yugantar’s rich experience in setting up and scaling the people and infrastructure functions for large businesses will help Ola establish itself as the preferred destination for top talent in the country.

Sunit in his last role was heading Design at Cleartrip, responsible for the user experience of products across the board. He has been instrumental in setting the tone for Mobile products and led the recent redesign of the site. The Cleartrip app was listed as one of the Best Apps for 2014 on the iOS store. Sunit graduated from Sir J. J. School of Art to be a painter, and followed it by a post grad in Visual Communication from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Prior to Cleartrip, he has led design at burrp! and Paper Plane.

Yugantar brings over 16 years of global experience in setting up and expanding operations for companies like FICO, American Express and E&Y. In his previous role at FICO where he worked for 10 years, he led several initiatives like heading India operations for customer growth and customer services worldwide, managing large M&A integrations and setting up APAC landscape for the company. He is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Speaking about his new role Sunit Singh said, “I have always wanted to work on a product that solves a fundamental problem and is used frequently. Ola, being India’s leading mobile app for personal transportation goes beyond that with customers and drivers using it multiple times a day. Design will play a key role in delivering a seamless experience for a product that delivers a high frequency, on-demand service. Driving efficiencies in the business through design thinking would be integral to the business at scale and I am very excited about contributing to Ola’s vision.”

Bhavish Aggarwal, co-Founder and CEO of Ola said, “I am very excited about Yugantar and Sunit joining the Ola leadership team. Yugantar’s experience of defining and scaling people functions for over a decade is very valuable for Ola at this point in time. Sunit is undoubtedly one of the finest designers in our country and his expertise will go a long way in creating an amazing user experience for drivers and consumers on the Ola platform. I look forward to working with both of them towards our vision of revolutionizing transportation.”

“Ola is building a futuristic solution for transportation in the country with a potential to touch the lives of millions of driver entrepreneurs on its platform using technology. The kind of innovation Ola is pioneering in an emerging market like India is getting noticed around the world. I’m excited to be part of this young and dynamic team with a mission to build the next corporate success story out of India”, said Yugantar Saikia.

Hiring at Ola

Ola is currently on a hiring spree across all functions given the immense scale and growth seen in the last year. With a target of 500 hires just from campus hiring this year, Ola was one of the most preferred employers at premier campuses like IIT Chennai and Bombay. Earlier this year, the Economic Times Survey declared Ola as India’s best startup as well as one of the best startups to work for.

About Ola (formerly Olacabs):

Ola, founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati is India’s leading mobile application for Personal Transportation, integrating city transportation for customers and drivers onto a technology platform. This ensures convenient, transparent and quick service fulfillment for both customers and drivers. Ola’s proprietary mobile application for drivers across commercial transport vehicles helps them connect with customers looking for a safe and reliable ride. Customers can access Ola through their mobile application for Android, iOS and Windows. Ola is also the most popular mobile app for cab/ auto booking on the Android and iOS stores currently. Customers can book from over 1 lakh vehicles across 67 cities. Using the Ola app, commuters can also book autos in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kaali-Peeli taxis in Mumbai. Please visitwww.olacabs.com for more information.




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