Ola, India’s most popular mobility platform, today announced the appointment of Viraj Chouhan as its chief communications officer (CCO). Viraj, a corporate communications veteran, brings over 20 years of experience across global brands like MTS, Coca-Cola, and Bharti Airtel. He was most recently, executive director of corporate communications at MTS India.
As chief communications officer, Viraj would be reporting to co-founder & CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal. Viraj will be based in Gurgaon, shuttling between the Millennium City and Bangalore. Anand Subramanian, who was leading the Communications mandate thus far, will be moving into a new role within Ola.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO at Ola, said, “I’m excited to welcome Viraj onboard to lead Ola’s Corporate Communications efforts. I’m looking forward to working with him to share the Ola story and vision across customers, driver partners, employees and the nation and world at large! Our aim is to build Ola as a brand and organisation that every customer identifies with and takes pride in.”
Viraj Chouhan, on his appointment as CCO, Ola said, “ Ola has not only positively elevated India’s mobility experience, but is also a key driver of our country’s digital economy at large. Ola’s mission of building mobility for a billion people will have a lasting impact on our nation’s development. And that is what makes the Ola story so inspiring and deserving, to be taken to every stakeholder and citizen. I’m eager to join the Ola team in this mission!”
Ola has recently seen the exit of it's chief executive Shalabh Seth, in less than a year of joining, sparking reports about Ola's challenges with retaining top talent.
Viraj started his career in communications with Ogilvy ＆ Mather Public Relations and went on to become the executive director, corporate communications at MTS India. Prior to joining MTS, Viraj headed the brand public relations function within the corporate communications team of Coca-Cola India & South West Asia across multi-country business units (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh) for all the beverage brands. This also included an innings with the Global HQ of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.