Ola Electric Mobility Pvt. Ltd. (Ola Electric) has appointed Arun Sarin, former CEO of Vodafone Group Plc, as an Independent Director on its board. As an Investor and Independent Director, Arun will be a mentor and advisor to Ola Electric in its overall business strategy.
Sarin 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.
Speaking on his appointment, 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 such as climate change, pollution, over-dependence on non-renewables among others.”
“Ola Electric is pioneering the change by building an ecosystem that can help catalyse 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,” he added.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola, said, “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 organisation with a global perspective.”
He added, “Ola Electric aims to build an ecosystem that can accelerate the adoption of electric mobility in India and across the world. Arun’s experience of building global businesses and his deep understanding of emerging markets and opportunities will be very valuable for us at Ola Electric in executing towards our mission. We look forward to his continued guidance and mentorship.”
Sarin is the former CEO of Vodafone Group Plc. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and earned an MS in Engineering and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sarin began his career with Pacific Telesis Group and held a series of senior management positions. He was later appointed President of AirTouch Communications following the company’s demerger from the Group.
He has served on numerous other boards including The Gap, Safeway and the Court of the Bank of England. Sarin also served as a Senior Advisor to KKR, a global private equity group.
He received an Honorary Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2010.
Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd develops solutions to make Electric Mobility viable at scale, enabling more clean kilometres on Indian roads. Ola Electric is backed by several global investors including Ola, India’s leading mobile platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies.