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Data is key to companies like Ola: Sunil Shirguppi, Vice President – Engineering

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Ola, India’s leading mobile app for transportation announced the appointment of Sunil Shirguppi as Vice President – Engineering. A former vice president at Goldman Sachs, Shirguppi will primarily be working towards enhancing capabilities in Data Science and Machine Learning.

Ankit Bhati, chief technology officer and Co-Founder, Ola said, “Sunil’s experience in data sciences at Goldman Sachs and LinkedIn makes him a valuable addition to Ola. As an organization, we churn tons 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.”

On his appointment, Sunil Shirguppi, vice president – Engineering, Ola said, “Transportation has become a major part of our lives and Ola has made the experience seamless for both consumers and drivers in India like never before. Data plays an important role in optimising different aspects of a fast growing network like Ola’s and I am excited to be a part of this new journey with a company that has redefined mobility in the country within a short span of time.”

In this role, Sunil will be working closely with Ankit Bhati in areas that will impact the business significantly, including Consumer Analytics, Behavioral Analytics and other data platform capabilities. With over 15 years of experience in data sciences across global majors like Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn and Electronic Arts, Sunil is extremely passionate about building Data Science teams and implementing learning models into real time production environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration from San Jose State University, California.

Using the Ola mobile app, users across 102 cities can book from over 350,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms. In early 2015, Ola acquired TaxiForSure, India’s second largest cab aggregator, which continues to operate as an independent brand.

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