Top executives of SoftBank-backed Ola to exit ahead of potential IPO

Chief Financial Officer Swayam Saurabh and Chief Operating Officer Gaurav Porwal are leaving the company

  
The logo of SoftBank Ventures Asia is seen at the company in Seoul, South Korea, March 4, 2019.

The logo of SoftBank Ventures Asia is seen at the company in Seoul, South Korea, March 4, 2019.

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BENGALURU- SoftBank Group-backed Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is set to lose two top executives, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters, ahead of a potential $1 billion initial public offering.

Chief Financial Officer Swayam Saurabh and Chief Operating Officer Gaurav Porwal are leaving the company, according to the memo sent to employees by Chief Executive Officer Bhavish Aggarwal.

Ola did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Aggarwal in the memo also announced several management changes across its mobility, vehicle commerce, and delivery and financial services units.

Saurabh, a former CFO of Hindustan Zinc, has been with Ola for seven months while Porwal, who has run the mobility business over the last year, joined the company in 2019.

Porwal will be leaving Ola to "pursue other interests", while Saurabh will be pursuing other opportunities, according to the memo.

Moneycontrol first reported about Ola's management changes on Tuesday.

Ola plans to raise up to $1 billion through an initial public offering in the next few months, according to recent media reports. 

Founded in 2010, Ola also counts private equity firms Temasek and Warburg Pincus among its investors and competes with U.S.-listed Uber Technologies UBER.N for a share of India's ride-hailing market. The firm has since expanded into offering cars on lease and into the electric-vehicle space in the country.

Ola's electric vehicle business earlier this year launched a scooter and has charted out plans to produce kick scooters, e-bikes, drones and even flying cars. The unit raised more than $200 million at a valuation of $3 billion in September. 

(Reporting by Chandini Monappa and Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Ramakrishnan M.) ((Vishwadha.Chander@thomsonreuters.com; Mobile: +91 7506036802; Twitter: https://twitter.com/vishwadha))


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