WeWork India has announced key strategic appointments to its India leadership team. The co-working giant continues to focus on long term sustainable growth and is headed towards strengthening its vision of attaining profitable and sustainable growth across all spaces through these key appointments.
WeWork India has appointed Clifford Lobo as its Chief Financial Officer. Lobo’s industry expertise ranges across fields such as IT/ITES, consulting and mentoring, digital media and publishing, digital video and content publishing, sports media, software development, and telecom which makes him a vital resource for WeWork India. In his new role, he will be responsible for working through partnerships and M&A to drive business growth and profitability for the business. Sharing his thoughts on joining WeWork he said, “I have always appreciated the pioneering work that WeWork has been doing to develop flexible workspaces landscape in India. Even in challenging times, the company has resiliently managed to support businesses and provide customized solutions and products for every business size and I find that admirable. It's great to be part of the leader in revolutionising and redefining futuristic workspace environment and culture." Prior to joining WeWork, Lobo played an operations role at ESPN India managing Commercial and Product Innovation aside from finance, controllers, tax, and administrative responsibilities.
Another leadership change is real estate veteran Santosh Martin being elevated to Head of Sales for WeWork India. “I admire that WeWork creates a community that is fueled by a culture that enables collaboration and networking amongst all. Today, employees want to be a part of a workplace whose culture fits their values, and inspires them to go the extra mile,” said Santosh. A pioneer of Indian real estate, Santosh has over two decades worth experience with firms such as Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and DivyaSree Developers.
The organization has also appointed Hiranmai Rallabandi as The General Counsel. Hiranmai joins WeWork with over 20 years of experience in key positions across corporate & real estate laws, cross-border m&a, labor relations, litigations, policy-making and risk & compliance of companies. He feels strongly about a particular WeWork value. i.e - ‘Strive to be better. Together’.
“I feel that when we work alone, we achieve very little, but when we work together, collaborate, we achieve a lot; we can strategize better. I strongly believe that now more than ever, we need to build together and I am very excited to be working with a brand that focuses on building communities,” expressed Hiranmai.
Prior to WeWork, Hiranmai worked with established companies like Cushman & Wakefield, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd, and law firms like SN Gupta & Co. and Virmani & Virmani.
With a vision to walk the talk on sustainable long-term growth strategies, WeWork India’s CEO Karan Virwani said, “The flexible workspace industry in India has displayed resilience and growth even during challenging times. In this time, we have seen a new opportunity that suits our members’ evolving needs driven by an acceleration towards variable real estate costs, the confidence of safe and well-managed workspaces for their employees, and the growth opportunities that are intrinsic to the WeWork community. I am very pleased to welcome these new leaders to the WeWork India team who will help us further this vision which will help us serve our community better.
While organizations pave the way for a hybrid workplace through a combination of remote work and return to work, the conundrum surrounding efficient and secure space utilization persists. How these leadership changes enable WeWork India to generate flexible and customized solutions for the workplace needs of tomorrow, will unfold in due time.