Ola appoints Vishal Kaul as new COO, outgoing Jivrajka to focus on strategic intiatives
The former head of PepsiCo Foods for Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, Kaul will lead Ola's operations, and will work on strengthening Ola's market leadership, expansion across the country and expanding the base of Ola's customers and driver-partners, the company said
Online cab service provider Ola appointed former PepsiCo executive Vishal Kaul as the new chief operating officer when founding team member Pranay Jivrajka resigned from the position. According to the company, Jivrajka will lead the company in a role as founding partner.
The former head of PepsiCo Foods for Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, Kaul will lead Ola's operations, and will work on strengthening Ola's market leadership, expansion across the country and expanding the base of Ola's customers and driver-partners, the company said.
With 18 years of working experience with PepsiCo, Kaul has a Bachelors in Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and an MBA from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD.
"I'm thrilled about Vishal joining Ola to lead our operations. He is a passionate and experienced business leader with a demonstrated ability to drive business towards growth and profitability. His intuitive understanding of consumer businesses, ecosystem management experience and market understanding is invaluable. I look forward to partnering with him as we expand our reach and build Ola to serve the needs of every single Indian," Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said in a statement released by the company.
An early member of Ola since it's founding in 2011, Jivrajka stepped down recently and will focus on key strategic initiatives.
"Pranay has been a partner with Ankit and me in every single brick that has been laid since inception, from 1 booking a day to over a million bookings a day now," said Aggarwal.
"Over the past 6-8 months, Pranay has been working with me closely on many key strategic initiatives and I congratulate him on his new role as a Founding Partner. This organisational change will enable him to focus on these initiatives much more sharply."
This move is the latest in the row of managerial changes in Ola. Recently, the company's vice president for new initiatives Sundeep Sahni and head of Ola's luxury car business Abhimanyu Rawal called it a day. Ola recently appointed Shalabh Seth as the CEO of Ola Fleet Technologies, a wholly owned leaning subsidiary.
Sheth was previously managing director at SABMiller India.