Ola Electric Ropes in N Balachandar as Chief Human Resources Officer

In line with its expansion plans, India’s one of the leading mobility platform Ola’s electric vehicle (EV) arm, Ola Electric, has been currently on its hiring spree and has appointed N Balachandar as its Chief Human Resources Officer.

May 07, 2021. By Manu Tayal

In line with its expansion plans, India’s one of the leading mobility platform Ola’s electric vehicle (EV) arm, Ola Electric, has been currently on its hiring spree and has appointed N Balachandar as its Chief Human Resources Officer.

The move came just two days after the appointment of ex-Jaguar and Aston designer Wayne Burgess as Ola Electric’s Head of Vehicle Design.

In the new role, Balachandar will accelerate the company’s journey to become a world-class talent organisation, with a focus on people and culture globally.

Balachandar brings with him 33 years of global experience to the company, and have worked across India, Europe and Asia. He was associated with some leading organisations such as GE Healthcare & GE Capital in several senior HR leadership and M&A roles, with Strides Arcolab, Standard Chartered Bank and Asian Paints early in his career, and most recently as Group Director with the Coffee Day Group.

Commenting on his appointment, Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO of Ola, said, “as we work on driving growth and building a global EV company, we are ramping up our focus on building a world-class people organisation. Bala’s over three decades of experience across various consumer-facing segments will help us ensure we rapidly scale up the organisation’s structure, capacity, and capability to meet our global growth ambitions.”

Upon joining Ola Electric, N Balachandar, said, “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 organisation that will offer a lifetime of opportunities for employees and enable them to make a difference.”

Ola is gearing up to launch the first in its range of electric scooters in the coming months. The Ola Scooter will be rolled out from the Ola Futurefactory which is being built at record-speed in Tamil Nadu. This factory is claimed to be the world’s largest two-wheeler factory when fully operational at 10 million-a-year capacity next year. Also, it will start manufacturing the Ola Scooter as soon as its first phase of 2 million annual capacity is ready this summer.

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