OYO Hotels announced the appointment of India, and South Asia- CEO, Aditya Ghosh, India and South Asia, effective December 1, 2018. This appointment comes as a part of the company’s efforts to continue to invest in and attract world-class leadership, in the wake of its focus to drive accelerated growth in its home markets – India and China.
Aditya is a proven professional with over 21 years of experience and is entrusted with the responsibility to oversee and grow OYO Hotels business in South Asia, which will include, India, Nepal, and the other upcoming markets in the region. He will focus on continuing to drive growth while delivering high-quality customer experience and sustained yields for asset owners. He will be a thought partner to every OYOpreneur, by enabling a work culture that rewards performance and celebrates diversity and inclusion, a key focus area for the company. His appointment is critical in the company’s journey into becoming not just the largest but also the most preferred chain of hotels, homes and living spaces in India and around the world. He will be reporting to Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes.
Aditya joins OYO Hotels & Homes following an outstanding stint at IndiGo as the President & Wholetime Director of IndiGo, where he was instrumental in turning airline into the largest and most profitable airline in India, and also into one of the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world. He was also a member of the apex Executive Committee of InterGlobe Enterprises at the Group Level and sat on the Board of the hotels and technology businesses as well as the flight simulator training facilities. Under Aditya’s leadership, IndiGo launched its international operations and took to it where it contributed to about 20% of the airline’s operations. He was instrumental to IndiGo airlines pioneering the ‘before-time departure’ concept in the airline industry, which soon became the golden standard in customer experience and a benchmark hard for any other airline to meet.
During his stint at IndiGo, Aditya was also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, which is currently credited to have the maximum number of women pilots and a workforce comprising of 43% women. He has also been part of several CSR programmes like IndiGoReach focusing on women empowerment, children and education, and the environment. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, which aims to transform the delivery of justice, especially in the area of commercial disputes. He is a Senior Advisor to the Tata Trusts and helps lead the Cancer Care Initiative of the Trusts.
Interesting fact to note is that Aditya never went to business school and is a lawyer by training. Before his business role, Aditya practiced law at the prestigious corporate law firm, J. Sagar Associates and then as the General Counsel at InterGlobe Enterprises. Aditya specialized in corporate commercial law with a focus on acquisitions, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions. Aditya is also considered to be one of the fittest business leaders in India. He also has other interests such as the arts, sports, traveling, camping and hiking, and is always keen to explore and try out new things.