Maninder Gulati is the Global Chief Strategy Officer at OYO Hotels & Homes, the world’s leading chain of hotels, homes, and spaces. He is also the Global Head of the OYO Vacation Homes, spearheading the growth of this business in Europe and other parts of the world. As a part of the global executive committee and the board, he has been a driving force behind all M&As and global strategic partnerships at OYO. Given his strong business acumen and pulse on the larger business environment, he has also been leading the brand strategy for OYO, globally. Before joining OYO, Maninder was part of Lightspeed Venture Partners and interestingly OYO was also one of Maninder's first investments. After playing an investor’s role for two years and helping Ritesh build the leadership team at OYO, Maninder joined OYO full-time in 2015.
Prior to OYO, Maninder was Principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a globally renowned venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, he worked with McKinsey & Company on growth strategy and implementation engagements for several companies, spanning across sectors including financial services, organized retail, digital music and data centres. He started his career in June 2003 with ITC Limited, India’s largest FMCG company, and worked across tobacco and personal care businesses. Maninder also co-founded Lifeinlines.com, a voice-based platform that allows users to create a digital diary of their life.
Maninder actively invests in early-stage start-ups and his portfolio includes Meesho, Shuttl, Bombay shaving company, Baby chakra, Kapiva among others. He is an MBA in Strategy & Leadership from ISB, and a graduate from IIT Bombay.