OLX India, India’s largest classifieds platform, today announced new developments within the company’s Indian leadership. New additions have been made to the Indian leadership team with Suresh Krishnan, former Executive Director and VP Finance at Accor Hotels, coming on board as the Chief Financial Officer and Joyeeta Chatterjee, former Director, Human Resources at Sun Pharmaceutical, joining as the Chief Human Resources Officer.
In addition to this, Irwin Anand, former Chief Growth Officer at OLX India has been elevated to play the role of Chief Operating Officer, OLX India.
Said Amarjit Singh Batra, CEO, OLX India, “The journey of OLX from an unknown brand to the leader in online classifieds in India has been full of pioneering moments and milestones. Building the consumer-to-consumer (C2C) market in India involved a winning strategy, laser-sharp focus, and solid execution. In order to become the best classifieds team in the world, and to drive our next set of goals, we have strengthened our team and brought Suresh and Joyeeta on board. This is the first of many exciting developments that will be happening at OLX over the next couple of years.”
OLX India already has 80% market share of the consumer-to-consumer (C2C) online classifieds in India, and is the number one classifieds for used cars and motorbikes, mobile phones, and household items. OLX has five times the brand awareness that of the number #2 player classifieds player. The auto category, from which 45% of the page-views come, has a brand awareness at least five times that of any other player in the industry (according to Google Trends). OLX is the number #1 buying + selling mobile App in India according to Google Play store and is currently trending at 2.8 billion page-views a month (January 2015).
As the Chief Financial Officer with 17 years of global experience across Asia, USA, and Europe in industries such as financial services, healthcare, and hospitality, Suresh will not only lead all financial decisions of OLX India but also prepare the company for a year of robust growth. Before joining OLX, Suresh was with Accor Hotels and prior to that he was the Group CFO at GE Capital India.
Said Suresh Krishnan, CFO, OLX India,”A leader in online classifieds in many countries globally including India, I am excited to join a young and energetic team and in partnering with them in their phenomenal growth story.”
Joyeeta has a rich and diverse experience having worked across several industries including logistics, media, information technology, telecom, and pharmaceuticals. Donning the hat of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Joyeeta will leverage her diverse experience of 21 years to promote organizational effectiveness, and drive new HR initiatives.
Said Joyeeta Chatterjee, Chief Human Resource Officer, OLX India about her reasons for joining OLX,” I joined OLX to become a part of a big data, internet, and technology-based company that is challenging traditional business models. Opportunity to work with a whole new generation of employees, who are entrepreneurial, mavericks, and very smart, and knowing that I am their people-practice nurturer and custodian makes me proud.”
Irwin in his new role will be the Chief Operating Officer at OLX India, driving product, technology, and customer experience functions. In his 3.5 years journey at OLX, Irwin has led diverse initiatives spanning mobile marketing, business development, strategy, and customer lifecycle management. He has a rich experience of 15 years driving business functions in the technology space, with his last stint being with Yahoo! India, driving inorganic user growth. In his new role Irwin will drive the product-led growth, user-retention, and monetization strategy in a mobile-first context.
Said Irwin Anand, COO, OLX India, “OLX has become the gold standard for used goods buying and selling in India. This is the outcome of our customer first mindset - solving user problems and needs through relentless iterations. As we move along, we will continue to foster a culture of experimentation and operational excellence in our path towards sustainable growth.”