New Delhi: Hotels start-up OYO Rooms has appointed Amazon India’s Anil Goel as its chief technology officer (CTO).
Goel, who has 20 years of experience in technology infrastructure, served as the head of technology for customer returns and reverse logistics at Amazon India in Hyderabad for three years. Prior to this, he was the chief technology officer of Hike Messenger.
“Anil’s leadership, vast knowledge and diverse experience will provide added heft to the overall technology drive required in scaling up to meet and deliver the next phase of expansion at OYO,” said Ritesh Agarwal, founder and chief executive officer at OYO, in a statement.
Goel will be responsible for driving the technology strategy at OYO alongside leading its research and development teams, the company said.
“The complexities in delivering end-to-end stay solutions for guests and innovative and intuitive partner-management-systems along with the strong reliance on Tech to drive business, makes this a great opportunity to contribute to OYO’s future growth and evolution. I look forward to working with OYO’s vibrant and talented teams,” said Goel in a statement.
The move comes at a time when OYO is moving fast to retain its hold on the budget hotels market after the merger of MakeMyTrip and Ibibo Group, two large travel and hotels service providers. OYO’s properties are not listed on the platforms of both these aggregators.
OYO ties up with mid-and small-size hotels, taking on a percentage of their inventory, and sells the rooms on its platform under the OYO brand. The company mainly operates through two models: minimum guarantee model where it pays the hotel owner a pre-determined fee per room, and commission model where it offers a cut from the room tariff.
OYO claims it has 7,000 hotels across 200 cities in India.
Recently, in a departure from its existing model, it has started owning hotel properties. Under the “flagship” model, started in May this year, the company buys the lease to run a hotel for a certain period of time. OYO has about 60 hotels in India under this model.