WeWork India Strengthens Leadership To Spur Growth

Bangalore: In line with its vision of focusing on long term sustainable growth, WeWork India, the global platform for creators that provides collaborative workplace solutions has announced key strategic appointments to the India leadership team.


The pandemic has pushed businesses of all sizes to manage cash-flows effectively by moving costs to a variable model. Space as a service is a massive opportunity for businesses of all sizes to become more agile, and WeWork India is committed to providing flexible and customized solutions to all its members. As the country prepares for the future of work, WeWork India is bullish about its growth prospects as seen by the global USD 100 Million funding. It is looking to strengthen its vision of attaining profitable and sustainable growth across all spaces through these key appointments.


Clifford Lobo has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer at WeWork India. In his new role, Clifford will be responsible for working through partnerships and M&A to drive business growth and profitability for the business. His experience with industry expertise ranges across fields such as IT/ITES, consulting and mentoring, digital media and publishing, digital video and content publishing, sports media, software development, and telecom which makes him a vital resource for WeWork India. Talking about joining WeWork, Clifford said, “ I have always appreciated the pioneering work that WeWork has been doing to develop flexible workspaces landscape in India. Even in challenging times, the company has resiliently managed to support businesses and provide customized solutions and products for every business size and I find that admirable. It’s great to be part of the leader in revolutionising and redefining futuristic workspace environment and culture”. Before joining WeWork India, Clifford also played an operations role at ESPN India managing Commercial and Product Innovation aside from Finance, Controllers, Tax, and Administrative responsibilities.


Hiranmai Rallabandi joins as The General Counsel of WeWork India. Hiranmai joins WeWork with over 20 years of experience at various important positions in Corporate & Real Estate Laws, cross-border M&A, Labor Relations, Litigations, Policy-Making and Risk & Compliance of companies. As someone who proactively formulates risk mitigation strategies that protect corporate capital and profitability, Hiranmai feels strongly about a particular WeWork value. i.e – Strive to be better. Together. “I feel that when we work alone, we achieve very little, but when we work together, collaborate, we achieve a lot; we can strategize better. I strongly believe that now more than ever, we need to build together and I am very excited to be working with a brand that focuses on building communities,” Hiranmai said. Prior to WeWork, Hiranmai has also worked with companies like Cushman & Wakefield, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd, and law firms like SN Gupta & Co. and Virmani & Virmani.


One of the pioneers of Indian real estate, Santosh Martin has been elevated to Head of Sales for WeWork India. “I admire that WeWork creates a community that is fueled by a culture that enables collaboration and networking amongst all. Today, employees want to be a part of a workplace whose culture fits their values, and inspires them to go the extra mile,” Santosh said. With over 20 years of experience, Santosh has previously worked with firms such as Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and DivyaSree Developers.


Talking about the strategic move, Karan Virwani, CEO WeWork India said, “The flexible workspace industry in India has displayed resilience and growth even during challenging times. In this time, we have seen a new opportunity that suits our members’ evolving needs driven by an acceleration towards variable real estate costs, the confidence of safe and well-managed workspaces for their employees, and the growth opportunities that are intrinsic to the WeWork community. I am very pleased to welcome these new leaders to the WeWork India team who will help us further this vision which will help us serve our community better.