Ola Electric Mobility, the EV arm of ride-sharing major Ola has appointed Arun Sarin, former CEO of Vodafone Group, as an Independent Director on its board. Arun is a veteran in the telecom space and a globally respected business leader. He serves on the boards of Cisco Systems, Accenture, Charles Schwab and Ola’s parent company, ANI Technologies.
As CEO of Vodafone Group Plc, he was the driving force behind expansion into emerging markets like, India, Turkey and Africa, grew the data and internet businesses globally, produced record revenues and profits with a market capitalization of over $150 billion.
Speaking on his appointment to Ola Electric’s board, Arun Sarin said, “I am delighted to be joining the board of Ola Electric. Electric Mobility at scale is the need of the hour and can help us solve some of the world’s most complex problems like climate change, pollution, over-dependence on non-renewables amongst others. Ola Electric is pioneering the change by building an ecosystem that can help catalyze the adoption of electric vehicles globally. I look forward to working with Bhavish and the team at Ola Electric, towards their bold vision for the future of mobility.”
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola says that Arun’s experience of building global businesses and his deep understanding of emerging markets and opportunities will be very valuable for Ola Electric in executing towards its mission.
“I am very excited to welcome Arun on the board of Ola Electric. Over the years, his guidance and support have helped Ola grow as an organization with a global perspective. Ola Electric aims to build an ecosystem that can accelerate the adoption of electric mobility in India and across the world,” he added.
Arun has also received an Honorary Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2010.