Ola, India’s most popular cab service has announced the appointment of former PepsiCo executive Vishal Kaul as its chief operating officer. He will succeed founding team member Pranay Jivrajka.
In his new role as COO, Kaul will head Ola's operations, strengthen market leadership, expand its reach to the country and expand the base of its customer and driver-partner fraternity. He was previously heading PepsiCo Foods for Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
Excited for the appointment, Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola CEO said,
I'm thrilled about Kaul 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.'
Jivrajka, an early member in Ola’s founding team since 2011, recently stepped down as COO and will now focus on key strategic initiatives.
Kaul has worked with PepsiCo for 18 years and holds bachelor in Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and an MBA from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD.