Ola Electric ropes in N Balachandar as CHRO
India-headquartered ride hailing platform Ola Electric has appointed N Balachandar as Chief Human Resources Officer. Balachandar joins Ola from Coffee Day where he served as Group Director - Human Resources. In this new role, Balachandar will accelerate Ola Electric’s journey to become a world-class talent organization, with a focus on people and culture globally.
“I am excited to join Ola’s mission to transition the world to sustainable mobility. Having the best talent from around the world is integral to this mission and I look forward to building a global organization that will offer a lifetime of opportunities for employees and enable them to make a difference,” said the newly appointed CHRO.
Balachandar,or Bala, as he is popularly known, comes with over three decades worth global experience, having worked across India, Europe and Asia with established brands in the likes of Coffee Day, GE Healthcare & GE Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, Strides Arcolab, Aon and Asian Paints, among others.
Commenting on Bala’s appointment, Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO, Ola, said, “As we work on driving growth and building a global electric vehicle (EV) company, we are ramping up our focus on building a world-class people organization. Bala’s over three decades of experience across various consumer-facing segments will help us ensure we rapidly scale up the organization's structure, capacity, and capability to meet our global growth ambitions”.
Balachandar’s appointment follows the recent announcement of Wayne Burgess joining Ola Electric as Head of Vehicle Design. Ola is gearing up to launch its first range of electric scooters in the coming months. Equipped with advanced innovations, the much-anticipated Ola Scooter is a tech-driven two-wheeler electric vehicle designed to help accelerate India’s transition to sustainable, clean and electric mobility. The Ola Scooter will roll out from the Ola Futurefactory which will be the world’s largest two-wheeler factory when fully operational at 10 million-a-year capacity next year.
As Ola strengthens its leadership to accelerate the growth journey of its EV segment, how Bala leverages his multi-industry experience to help the company scale capability and capacity is to look forward to.