Taxi aggregator Ola, continuing its hiring spree for major positions, has now appointed data science expert Sunil Shirguppi on board 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.
According to a statement from the company, Sunil will work closely with the co-founder and CTO Ankit Bhati, in significant business areas such as data science, machine learning, and consumer and behavioural analytics at the company.
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.
Ola, which recently completed a massive funding round of $500 million, has made many key appointments in the past few months.
Last month, the company appointed its first Chief Marketing Officer by bringing former Microsoft India executive Raghuvesh Swarup. Before that, it had hired Flipkart executive Joy Bandekar as its corporate president for leading new initiatives.
In November, former finance head at Infosys Ltd Rajiv Bansal joined the team as Chief Financial Officer and has been making efforts to streamline the business operations and to achieve profitability eventually targeting an IPO.
Towards the same goals, Ola recently shut down its non-core business entities such as Ola Cafe and Store with increased focus on core taxi aggregation business and mobile wallet Ola Money.