Ola, the country’s largest cab aggregator, has hired data science expert Sunil Shirguppi as Vice President Engineering.
An MBA from San Jose State University, California, Sunil has extensive experience of over 15 years in data science having served as the VP – Data Science at Goldman Sachs for about two years; head of LinkedIn India’s Data Services team for about two and half years; and five and a half years at Electronic Arts.
Speaking about the appointment co-founder and CTO of Ola, Ankit Bhati said,
“Sunil’s experience in data sciences at Goldman Sachs and LinkedIn makes him a valuable addition to Ola. As an organisation, we churn tonnes of valuable data every single day and this can be continuously used to build a superior experience for both drivers and consumers. Sunil’s experience and expertise will help us scale Engineering capabilities at Ola to enable mobility for a billion Indians,”
During his role at Ola, Sunil will work closely with Ankit Bhati in significant business areas such as data science, machine learning, and consumer and behavioural analytics at the company.
Ola has been on hiring spree for major positions. In January, it had hired former Microsoft India executive Raghuvesh Sarup its first chief marketing officer to bolster its top management. Before this, Ola had appointed Infosys’ outgoing chief financial officer (CFO) Rajiv Bansal as its new finance head.
The startup has raised $500 million led by Baillie Gifford, Falcon Edge Capital, Tiger Global, SoftBank Group, DST Global and China’s biggest taxi aggregator Didi Kuaidi.
Ola has recently shutdown its food-delivery service ‘Ola Cafe’ within a year of its operation. This news comes after a week of its shutting down hyperlocal grocery delivery service ‘Ola Store’ which surfaced in the media.