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Rohit joins OYO Hotels & Homes after a successful stint at Max Healthcare
He has been appointed to the newly created management position and will report to Ritesh Agarwal, Group CEO & Founder, OYO Hotels & Homes
OYO Hotels, South Asia’s most significant, one of China’s top five, and the world’s fastest-growing chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes & living spaces, today announced the appointment of Rohit Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, New Real Estate Businesses, effective December 6, 2018. This appointment comes as a part of the company’s efforts to continue to invest in and attract world-class leadership, to drive innovation and growth in the company.
Commenting on the appointment, Ritesh Agarwal - Founder & Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes, said, ‘Over the last five years, we at OYO, have invested in building strong capabilities in the acquisition, renovation, and upgradation of different forms to real estate. This has helped us offer our patrons unique living experiences such as OYO Living, while creating value for our asset owners. Today I am delighted to share with you that we have an industry stalwart, Rohit Kapoor, join us to head the new real estate businesses at OYO, that will further help us strengthen our capabilities and explore newer business avenues. I am excited about working alongside someone with the pedigree and gravitas of Rohit. His diverse background and industry knowledge, his financial expertise, his international experience, and above all his love for design we feel will help us tread newer waters while remaining true to our core mission. His appointment marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in OYO’s journey.”
Rohit is a proven professional with over 20 years of experience and is entrusted with the responsibility to drive new real estate business opportunities for the company, which will include exploring new domains and categories, and other strategic initiatives. He will also be responsible for growing OYO’s business in India as well as across international markets, through strategic partnerships and investment opportunities. He will be reporting to Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes.
“OYO is today already the most preferred brand in the budget to mid-segment hospitality space, where our operational expertise in supply acquisition and management, transformation, operations, revenue management, and distribution, through both offline and online channels, has helped us gain significant momentum. We recently announced our foray into long-term rentals, with the launch of OYO Living, which marks a key milestone as we embark on our journey towards becoming India’s biggest provider of housing, consolidating our position as a category innovator and leader. While we continue to grow our hospitality business, new real estate initiatives such as this will play a key role in driving the next wave of growth at OYO. With Rohit taking on this mantle, we are confident that he will be able to help OYO Hotels & Homes set new benchmarks in the accommodations business and evaluate new opportunities in the real estate industry. Please join me in welcoming Rohit.” added Ritesh.
Before this, Rohit was the Executive Director and a member of the board at Max Healthcare, a joint venture between Max India and Life Healthcare, South Africa. Rohit has had the distinction of being one of the youngest non-promoter Executive Director and board member on any major Max group company. During his stint with Max Healthcare, he is credited with having seeded multiple new businesses ranging from tech-enabled home care, rehab and physio, tele-radiology, retail diagnostics, and emergency response services. He led two significant M&A transactions - acquisition of Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital and Operating rights for Saket City Hospital - the latter having the potential of creating India's largest private healthcare complex. He also co-led the capital expenditure plan for the organization.
Rohit also served on the board of Antara Senior Living, Max One Distribution and Crossley Remedies. Before this role in Max Healthcare, Rohit was the Group Head for Strategy for the Max India group and part of the group leadership team reporting to the Group Managing Director, where he was involved in creating the Vision 2020 roadmap for the group and turning around performance at several group companies. In addition to this, working directly with the Promoter, Mr. Analjit Singh, he incubated the luxury hotel and wine businesses in South Africa, the company now a global operation named Leeu Collections.
Rohit Kapoor, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, New Real Estate Businesses, OYO Hotels & Homes, said, “I am amazed by the phenomenal growth OYO Hotels & Homes has witnessed in a short span of about five years. From one property in Gurgaon, to now over 12,000 franchised and leased assets in over 7 countries and 500+ cities, from budget hotels, to its more recent foray into resorts business, and most recently its bold entry into the housing business, makes one thing really clear, this place is the perfect combination of ambition and ability. I’m thrilled to join OYO’s mission of upgrading different forms of real estate and creating unique accommodations experiences, and partner with Ritesh in driving the next wave of growth at OYO. OYO has built an amazing senior leadership team, arguably the finest in the startup ecosystem – it will be an honor and privilege to partner with them.”
Award-winning AdFactors PR co-founder will accelerate The PR Trust with global development
The PR Trust has appointed Madan Bahal, Managing Director and Co-Founder of AdFactors PR, India’s largest and most awarded public relations firm, to its Global Board of Governors.
The PR Trust provides young professionals with development opportunities through mentorships and education outreach programs that emphasise the role of communications in civil society. Adfactors PR is the youngest and the only independent firm in its peer group in India. In 2016, Adfactors PR won all five Agency of the Year awards for India.
“Mr. Bahal brings the expertise of India’s most innovative agency to our Global Board as we develop education and mentorship programs for the developing world,” said Allard W. van Veen, Founder of The PR Trust. He added that Mr. Bahal has invaluable experience in one of the largest, most linguistically diverse and fastest-growing communications industries in the world.
“I am excited to see The PR Trust develop outreach programs, especially as we look towards growing the communications industry in India,” said Mr. Bahal, whose agency has garnered five awards from The Holmes Report since 2013. In November 2017, the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) inducted Mr. Bahal into its Hall of Fame.
The PR Trust recently launched a global call for experienced industry mentors for its Mentor Program in Global Communications. The Global Communications Mentorship facilitates the personal and professional growth of young professionals in developing countries through relationship building with experienced industry mentors. The Program is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline who wish to pursue communications and public relations as a career.
“The PR Trust is looking for experienced professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise,” said tobias c. van Veen, Executive Director of The PR Trust. He added that becoming a PR Trust Mentor provides a unique opportunity to develop relationships with up-and-coming communications talent in the developing world.
Seeks to enable selected civilians to become first responders in case of emergency situations post intense physical/mental training by former special forces experts
India’s leading destination for factual entertainment Discovery Channel will premiere ‘India’s Citizen Squad’, a first of its kind military-based show, featuring selected civilians who are eager to change Indian society for the better. The 12-member strong India’s Citizen Squad, selected from thousands of entries, will under-go an ultimate endurance boot camp – comprising of intense physical and mental challenges – under the supervision of former special forces experts. This training will help these civilians to become first responders in case of emergency situations. The 5-episode series premiers November 30 at 9:00 pm on Discovery Channel and Discovery HD World.
The selected contestants have varied backgrounds including an engineer, sports management professional, doctor, martial arts trainer, fitness enthusiast and a budding journalist. The India’s Citizen Squad has representation across the country including Delhi, Uttarakhand, Mumbai, Kashmir, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. They will undergo training at a specially created India’s Citizen Squad camp to be headed by Col. Manish Sarin, a veteran from the Gorkha Rifles, and along with him will be 5 ex-special forces soldiers from the MARCOS, NSG and the Para SF.
India’s Citizen Squad has attracted marquee advertisers including LIC, Indian Oil Corporation India and Bajaj Dominar 400 as Co-Powered by Sponsors.
“India’s Citizen Squad is much more than a TV show – it is an attempt to inspire citizens to start a movement wherein each one of us comes forward and respond in case of an emergency even before the official help comes in. The Indian Citizen Squad, after getting intensive training, will be motivated and geared to be the exemplary citizen and set an example for others to emulate,” said, Zulfia Waris, V.P Premium & Digital networks, Discovery Communications India.
Col. Manish Sarin, Camp Commander of India’s Citizen Squad, said, “The concept of India's Citizen Squad intrigued me. Imagine a bunch of youngsters, willing to go through the toughest of training, just so that they can contribute better as citizens. What would drive them to push themselves so hard, and whether they would really be able to walk the talk. To me, it is a test of faith in India's youth.”
India’s Citizen Squad will premiere on Discovery Channel, Discovery HD World and on Veer by Discovery, India’s first dedicated military channel available on YouTube.
Sir David Attenborough, one of the world’s most famous naturalists, will bring the voice of millions of citizens to the UN Climate Change Conference later this year as part of a new UN campaign, the People’s Seat.
The initiative will allow people from around the world to watch and have their voices heard during the critical climate summit COP24, held in Poland from 2-14 December. To launch the campaign, Sir David Attenborough and environmental campaigner Kathy Jetnil-Kijiñer are calling on people to share their experiences and opinions on climate change using the hashtag #TakeYourSeat. These messages will then help shape the People’s Seat Address Sir David gives to the assembly on 3 December.
WPP agencies Grey, Town Productions, Kantar TNS, Lightspeed, Finsbury, BCW, The Social Partners and MediaCom have worked in partnership with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the United Nations Office at Geneva, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Facebook to develop the multifaceted campaign, with support from Circle AI, Whalar, ITB and Getty Images.
Speaking about the project, Sir David Attenborough said: “We all know climate change is a global problem – and that it requires a global solution. This is an opportunity for people from across the globe, regardless of their nationality or circumstances, to be part of most important discussion of this century: the unprecedented action needed to reach the Paris Agreement targets.
“I encourage everyone to take their seat and to add their voice so that the People’s Seat Address truly represents a mix of voices from across the world.”
Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said: “People need to be empowered in their own lives to be the change that we need for a sustainable world. We welcome the use of cutting-edge technology to help everyone around the world reduce emissions through the Actnow.bot. With this initiative, we are calling on citizens to take action in ways that are feasible, fresh and have an impact.”
The initiative was first put forward by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). He said: “The challenge to humanity that climate change represents is of such epic proportions that only through collective global action will we have a chance to combat it successfully. Every single human being on our severely stressed planet has to take responsibility.
“If we don’t, we all fail with catastrophic consequences. The People's Seat initiative provides the impulse for seriously ramping up global solidarity, especially among the young who, at the end of the day, are the ones who will have to deal with the mess we have left them with.”
To help create salary transparency in the jobs market, LinkedIn launches new salary insights product feature to empower job-seekers to make informed career decisions
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today announced the launch of LinkedIn Salary in India, a definitive resource for job salary data. Where compensation is a crucial motivating factor for any professional to decide the next career move, this tool will enable job-seekers to make more informed career choices. The tool draws on data from the network’s 53+ million members in India, to provide an in-depth view of salaries across professions.
Professionals will now be able to gather deep insights into the compensation landscape, including bonus and equity data for specific job titles along with the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level, and in turn make more informed career decisions.
Speaking on the launch, Ajay Datta, Head of Product - India, LinkedIn, said, “At LinkedIn, we are always helping our members make informed decisions about their career to help them get closer to their dream job. In India’s competitive jobs market, LinkedIn Salary will help create salary transparency and empower our members with reliable data on what companies are paying today, what kind of compensation packages to expect, and how salaries vary as per industries and educational qualifications. This will help professionals, including students and career starters, negotiate better salaries and optimise their earning potential. As the tool gathers momentum in India, it will offer more actionable insights to our members.”
Free members can access the complete LinkedIn Salary experience by contributing their salary data; LinkedIn Premium members will be able to access LinkedIn Salary without the need to contribute their salary information.
Here is how LinkedIn Salary will help members make more informed career decisions:
Get the full picture: For a given job title, LinkedIn Salary will show a detailed distribution of base salary and annual bonus.
See top paying locations: The tool will show what locations pay the most for specific jobs, and the number of job openings available.
See which industries pay the most: There are several opportunities that are impacted by industry.
See salaries for the top companies: Members will be able to learn about job openings and compensation for companies they are interested in by “Following” the Company Page.
Understand how company size affects pay: LinkedIn Salary will also show how pay differs for job titles depending on company size.
Understand which educational requirements matter: Members can now assess the benefits of a master’s degree v/s a bachelor’s degree, while planning an advance education.
Previewing LinkedIn Salary in India, the tool reveals highest paid regions and industries in India:
Bengaluru emerged as the highest paying region, followed by the country’s commercial capital Mumbai and ranked at #3 is NCR (comprising New Delhi, Gurugram and Noida).
In sync with India’s digital transformation, Hardware & Networking and Software & IT Services emerged as the top two highest paying industries, with Consumer Goods, Healthcare, and Finance rounding up the top five spots.
The tool indicates that some of the highest paying titles in the county, at present and based on current member submissions are Director of Engineering, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, Vice President Sales, Senior Program Manager.