Ola Appoints New COO

Ride-hailing service Ola named Vishal Kaul, a PepsiCo veteran, as its chief operating officer (COO) and elevated current COO Pranay Jivrajika as founding partner.

Kaul, who joined PepsiCo in 1999, has been vice-president (marketing), vice-president (business operations) and most recently, general manager (Thailand, Myanmar and Laos).

An alumnus of Punjab Engineering College and Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, Kaul will “head Ola’s operations, strengthen Ola’s market leadership, expand its reach to the nooks and corners of the country and widen the base of Ola’s customers and driver-partner fraternity.

Jivrajika, also the company’s first employee, will work closely with Aggarwal to lead strategic initiatives. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Jivrajika had earlier served as associate vice-president and later vice-president of operations before taking over as COO in February 2015.