Oravel Stays, which operates India-based budget hotel chain Oyo Rooms, has appointed IndiGo’s former president and CEO Aditya Ghosh to lead its operations in South Asia.

Ghosh, who headed India-based budget airline IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation) for more than a decade, had resigned in July this year, reported LiveMint.

He will report to Oyo Hotels and Homes founder and group CEO Ritesh Agarwal, from 1 December.

Over the years, the firm has appointed several top c-executives, including strategy officer Maninder Gulati, chief operating head Abhinav Sinha and chief human resources officer Dinesh Ramamurthi.

Agarwal was quoted by LiveMint as saying: “As we grow our business, we feel it is essential to continue to invest in building one of the most influential leadership teams and bringing in professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset and from diverse backgrounds, that can help lead the next wave of growth at Oyo Hotels.”

Agarwal further added: “His (Aditya’s) business acumen, his problem-solving capabilities, and his customer-centric approach to innovation that helped him build an influential brand that is loved by all, makes him an excellent choice for Oyo Hotels.

“Above all, his ability to deliver growth with large-scale impact, whether it is to develop an inclusive culture or in giving back to society, makes him a great addition to the leadership team,” Agarwal added.

Ghosh comes with over 21 years of experience. He is responsible for taking Oravel Stays to the next level of growth. The five-year old hotel company has operations in seven countries. He will focus on India and Nepal in addition to new markets.

The hotel firm is currently expanding its overseas operations in Japan and UAE.

It is also foraying into new categories including rental accommodation and student housing services.

Currently, it has footprint in India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UK.