Ride-hailing firm Ola has appointed Rakesh Bhardwaj as Global Chief Information Officer. In this role, Bhardwaj will lead strategic direction on process and technology initiatives.
“He will be working closely with businesses and partners, providing strategic direction to Ola’s process and technology initiatives, which will cover the broad spectrum of Information Systems, Tools, Security, IT infrastructure & assets across the group,” said the company.
Bhardwaj will be based out of Bengaluru and will report to the company’s co-founder and CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal.
Bhardwaj has over 28 years of experience and has worked with companies like Microland Limited, GE Healthcare, and GE Capital.
More recently, Bhardwaj was SVP & Global CIO at Cognizant where he leads the IT organization, ensures that the company remains in the forefront of innovation as a technology-powered business and acts as a key business partner in enabling digital capabilities allowing the organization to be more flexible and resilient.
With an Engineering and MBA degree, Bhardwaj specialises in organisational change management, and he is passionate about leadership, learning and coaching.
“I am thrilled to announce that I have joined Ola, one of the world’s largest mobility platforms, as their Group Chief Information Officer. Ola is at this interesting cusp where it is ambitiously moving the world to sustainable mobility through its ride-hailing platform as well as through manufacturing advanced electric vehicles at its Ola Futurefactory. We are building the future of urban mobility and consumer internet through our industry-leading products and services and I am excited to begin this new journey!,” stated Bhardwaj in a social media update.