Bhirani joins Ola from IT firm Mphasis where he was the CEO of its subsidiary, Digital Risk, based in Orlando in the US.
Cab aggregator Ola has appointed Puneet Bhirani as CEO of Ola Fleet Technologies (OFT) and COO for Ola, according to sources. Bhirani joins Ola from IT firm Mphasis where he was the CEO of its subsidiary, Digital Risk, based in Orlando in the US.
Bhirani will have a dual role — he will manage all aspects of the OFT business and handle supply and sourcing operations for India.
Sandeep Divakaran, who is the current head of OFT will transition the role to Bhirani over the next two months. Ola founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said in an email to employees that Divakaran will “be moving into a new initiative in the group which he and I have been exploring”. Aggarwal added that he will disclose details of this new initiative in the near future.
Bhirani’s entry comes amid some senior level exits in the company. Pallav Singh, one of the founding members of the company and senior vice-president and interim COO since March 2018, left the company last month. In a mail to employees, Aggarwal said Singh wanted to pursue entrepreneurial ambitions and “I have been actively encouraging him to pursue his dreams and ambitions”.
Some other key figures who left the company include Vishal Kaul, who was the company’s COO last year; Joy Bandekar, corporate president for new initiatives; Saikiran Krishnamurthy, senior vice-president for growth; and Susheel Balakrishnan, chief people officer. In 2018, Viraj Chouhan, chief communication officer, had also left the company to join Pepsi.