Monday, February 19, 2018

Head_of_FinanceAther Energy, today announced the appointment of Karan K. Punjabi as the Head of Finance. Karan’s appointment is in continuation to the addition of senior talent across functions at Ather over the past few months, as it prepares to commence production and delivery of the S340.

Karan is a Chartered Accountant and brings with him over 12 years of rich corporate finance experience. In his previous role, he was Chief Financial Officer at Arvind Internet where he contributed significantly in cost reductions, increasing efficiency of spends and strategy formulation.

“As we scale further, Karan’s introduction is significant as it will help us run a tighter ship. Karan will bring more rigor in spending and investment decisions. The task cut out for him is to strike the balance between efficient financial processes and freedom to innovate”, said Tarun Mehta, CEO of Ather.

Karan commenced his career at KPMG, and then moved to Flipkart where he served as Director of Business Finance. At Flipkart he led the supply chain and lifestyle category finance, and was involved in fund raising and corporate finance.

“I am excited and looking forward to be part of this younger and creative startup that has built an electric vehicle from scratch” said Karan. “I hope to use my years of experience to work with the key stakeholders on budgeting, annual planning as well as on financial strategy for the business going forward”.

Earlier this year, industry veteran Venkatesh Padmanabhan (ex- CEO of Royal Enfield) joined Ather as Chief Operating Officer, Sunitha Lal  as Head of Human Resources and Thiruppathy Srinivasan (Senior Advisor at IIT Madras) joined as Vice President of Vehicle Development.