US-based web-hosting firm GoDaddy has appointed Nikhil Arora—former executive of co-working space startup WeWork—as vice president and managing director for India market.
Arora will be leading corporate strategy, business development and customer experience for GoDaddy in the country, the company said in a statement.
“India has an estimated 460 million users online and an increasing mobile internet environment… His (Arora’s) passion for solving technical challenges, working with SMBs (small and medium businesses) and developing products in emerging markets will help GoDaddy extend its leadership position in India,” said Andrew Low Ah Kee, executive vice president of GoDaddy International.
Arora was previously heading Asia and India operations for WeWork. Prior to that, he served as vice president and managing director of Intuit India. He has also worked with Laureate Education, Delphi Automotive and CBS Television.
Arora has a master’s in business administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and a bachelor’s in business administration in accounting and finance from Hofstra University, New York.
“GoDaddy is the hub where businesses come to create a digital presence for their ventures… We have an opportunity in India to fuel the dreams of small businesses and help them take their ideas to the next level,” said Arora.
In November last year, Rajiv Sodhi, GoDaddy’s India and Australia managing director and vice president, quit the web hosting platform to join tech giant Microsoft.
GoDaddy claims to have more than 17 million customers and around 71 million domain names under management across the globe.
The firm launched its Indian operations in June 2012 by setting up an office in New Delhi and hiring Sodhi.
The company provides a variety of domain name registration plans; website design and hosting packages; as well as on-demand services. These include products such as SSL Certificates (which are also known as digital certificates), domains by proxy private registration, e-commerce website hosting, blog templates and blog software, podcast packages and online photo hosting.
Last year, GoDaddy launched services in Hindi, Marathi and Tamil to enable more small businesses across India to build an online presence.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, the US, GoDaddy has several offices across its home country as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore and the UK.