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Venkatesh Padmanabhan appointed as COO of Ather Energy

Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan is taking charge of supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and service delivery at Ather.

Ather Energy recently talked about the new addition in their workforce, they appointed Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan as the Chief Operating Officer, commonly known as Venki, and he will be taking the charge of supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and service delivery at Ather.

Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan, newly appointed COO stated that “For my 10 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 own design, and our own 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.”

CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy, Tarun Mehta commented that “Venki’s career has taken him to multiple countries and multiple automotive companies. He has a strong knowledge base of the operational requirements for an automotive company, specially two wheelers. His network and his experience in the industry is a valuable asset for a young company. Ather is a young company, building on a new platform with a nascent to often non-existent vendor ecosystem. Venki’s exposure to vendors and manufacturing processes in India will prove a strategic advantage as we close in on the production of the S340.”

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