OYO strengthens technology leadership, appoints ex-PayU exec Prakash Padariya as Chief Information Security Officer

Prakash Padariya brings 19+ years of experience to the global hospitality technology firm


Global hospitality technology platform, OYO, has announced the appointment of Prakash Padariya as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for IT and security teams. In his role at OYO, Prakash will helm a security strategy for OYO’s systems globally, including regions such as India, SEA, Europe, USA and the UK.

In his role as CISO at OYO, Prakash will lead the operations for teams working specifically for IT and Cyber Security services. In addition to this, Prakash will be also responsible for leveraging technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance cyber security functions from the ground. Padariya joins OYO from Netherlands headquartered online payment solutions provider PayU, where he was in a similar role. He brings with him 19+ years of experience across geographies with extensive expertise in corporate security consulting, cyber security, cyber warfare, vulnerability assessment, ethical hacking, surveillance audits, legal regulatory compliance, computer forensics, law enforcement cybercrime prevention, among others. Besides PayU, Prakash has worked in senior management roles across leading Fortune 100 MNCs like GE, Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM, Target Corporation and Accenture. At OYO, Padariya will directly report into the company’s Chief Technology Officer – Ankit Mathuria.

Commenting on his appointment, Prakash Padariya, Chief Information Security Officer, OYO said, “I am super excited to join OYO at this stage where all of travel is transforming and resurging post COVID-19. I am honoured to be a part of this team and can’t wait to start developing solutions to enhance the maturity of all of OYO’s products to the next level of security and privacy.”

Commenting on Prakash’s appointment, Ankit Mathuria, Chief Technology Officer, OYO said, “OYO’s data privacy and security are at the core of how we build technology. And for this reason, we believe in working with industry experts who can best lead the company’s cyber security functions with the help of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. I welcome Prakash to the OYO team and look forward to collaborating with him to strengthen OYO’s cybersecurity strategy, and architecture.

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