Ola Electric Appoints N Balachandar as Chief HR Officer

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Balachandar’s appointment comes close on the heels of Wayne Burgess who joined Ola Electric recently as Head of Vehicle Design

Ola Electric is accelerating its efforts to emerge as a major player in the EV market as it hires N Balachandar as Chief Human Resources Officer. In his new role, Balachandar will accelerate Ola Electric’s journey to becoming a world-class talent organisation, with a focus on people and culture globally, the company said in a statement. 

Balachandar is an industry HR veteran with 33 years of global experience, having worked across India, Europe and Asia with GE Healthcare & GE Capital in several senior HR leadership and M&A roles, with Strides Arcolab, with the Standard Chartered Bank and with Asian Paints early in his career, and most recently as Group Director with the Coffee Day Group.

“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,” Chairman and Group CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal said on the appointment. 

Upon joining Ola Electric, N Balachandar, CHRO, 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”.

Balachandar’s appointment comes close on the heels of Wayne Burgess who joined Ola Electric recently as Head of Vehicle Design.

Ola is gearing up to launch the first in its range of electric scooters in the coming months. The company said that the electric two-wheeler will be priced aggressively to make it accessible to all and will help accelerate India’s transition to sustainable, clean and electric mobility.

The Ola Scooter will roll out from the Ola Futurefactory in Tamil Nadu, India, which will be the world’s largest two-wheeler factory when fully operational at 10 million-a-year capacity next year. The factory 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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