Ather Energy, a Bangalore-based electric two-wheeler start-up has hired Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Venkatesh will head the supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and service delivery at Ather.
Speaking about the new role, Venkatesh said, “For my ten years in India, I have been wrestling with this singular question: can we, will we create world-beating consumer hardware products and brands from scratch?”
“We are great in value engineering, local sourcing manufacturing and even at detail engineering of designs of others. But what about solving hairy consumer problems with our design, and our brand?”
“When I met Tarun, Swapnil and their team at Ather, it was like a lightning bolt hit me. They surely have great brand, design and engineering mojo and are in early stages of building detail engineering and manufacturing capability. I thought I had value to add to this exciting quest and I signed up.”
Venkatesh comes with extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive industry, having worked with brands such as General Motors, Chrysler, Mercedes, and Royal Enfield.
Ather Energy has set foot in the right direction, building an electric scooter that not only looks good but is practical at the same time. With the help of Dr. Venkatesh, Ather Energy could reach great heights regarding product and the future of mobility.