OLX Autos, one of the trading platforms of classified marketplace OLX Group will have a new global CEO from March 15, 2021, Gautam Thakar. He will lead the organization with a workforce of more than 4,000 employees across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.
Thakar was the CEO of Star Sports in India, which was acquired by Walt Disney Company, and the global CEO of Shopping.com and LivingSocial, which was acquired by Groupon. He was a member of the founding management team of baazee.com which pioneered eCommerce in India before being acquired by eBay in 2005. Thakar spent a decade working in the U.S., so OLX Group believes he can bring “deep leadership experience in pioneering digital marketplaces”, as they wrote in their statement.
“He [Thakar] brings a unique set of capabilities to this exciting opportunity including an exceptional general management track record, strong customer orientation, deep marketplace experience, and a rich experience leading and inspiring teams on a global footprint. We will all benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience as we bring convenience and trust to the way people buy and sell cars,” said Martin Scheepbouwer, CEO of OLX Group.
OLX Autos runs online digital trading platforms in addition to more than 500 inspection centers across the Americas, Asia, and Africa, each year inspecting 300,000 vehicles and enabling 130,000 vehicle transactions.
Recently, OLX Group announced Romain Voog will be the new CEO of the company, starting April 1st.