People Digest: OYO adds former Starbucks COO to board; Google Pay names Shikha Sharma as advisor

Troy Alstead. Photo: Reuters

Hospitality company OYO on Friday announced that it has appointed Troy Alstead as an independent director while Google Pay has roped in former Axis Bank MD Shikha Sharma as an advisor.

OYO names Troy Alstead as an independent director

Indian hospitality major OYO Hotels & Homes (OYO) on Friday announced that it has appointed former Starbucks Corporation chief operating officer Troy Alstead as an independent director.

Alstead will play a supervisory role and provide guidance to the OYO founder and its management team on key business decisions, per a statement. His depth of experience in operations, financial management, business resilience planning and growth cycle management will strengthen the company’s ability to deliver on sustainable growth, operational and service excellence, OYO added.

“Troy brings tremendous operating and governance experience that will help us continue delivering on our mission to help millions of middle-income people around the world gain access to quality accommodations at different price points,” OYO Hotels & Homes founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said.

Troy Alstead is also the founder, president, and CEO of Ocean5, a place for playing, meeting, and dining, and Table 47, a farm-to-table restaurant. He is also on the board of Topgolf Group Ltd, Harley-Davidson Inc, and Levi Strauss & Co.

Google Pay appoints Shikha Sharma as advisor

Digital payments company Google Pay has appointed Axis Bank’s former managing director and chief executive officer Shikha Sharma as an advisor.

“Thrilled to welcome Mrs Shikha Sharma, ex-CEO of Axis Bank, as an advisor to Google Pay India. She has been an early champion of bank-tech partnerships, and a mentor to us. Now her strategic thinking and guidance will help us accelerate our global payments journey,” Caesar Sengupta, vice president of payments and next billion users at Google, announced on Twitter.

Google Pay is one of the leading applications on Unified Payments Payments Interface (UPI). It competes with the likes of Paytm and Amazon Pay in India. During the ongoing lockdown, Google launched its ‘Nearby Spot’ service to help users in Bengaluru find local stores selling essentials like groceries that are open amid the lockdown.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.