Gappan Annamalai

Chirag Shah

Gappan Annamalai

CEO & Co-Founder
GoSavvy

Gappan the CEO of GoSavvy is a General Manager with 15+ years experience in Analytics, Consulting & Strategy, Hospitality, Internet, Mobile and Media industries. He is an alumnus of prominent companies like Aol, Genpact and GE. His professional highlights include the expansion of digital brands like Aol.com, WinAmp, Engadget and Autoblog across 12+ APAC countries, Founded Consulting and Mobile start-ups and designed strategies for a number of Fortune 500 companies across the globe including Walmart, JC Penny, Meijer, Ford, Nissan, Miscrosoft, YouTube and many others. Gappan is a Bangalore native and is an Alumnus of The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH.

Gappan is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of GoSavvy. GoSavvy formerly known as SavvyMob is a Bangalore based Online Travel Agency (OTA) that provides an on-demand marketplace offering unsold hotel inventory to last minute business travellers at the lowest price. GoSavvy aims to work with SMEs and Independent Travellers, helping them save up to 50% on their hotels cost. Travel is a wonderful part of life. The places you go and the people you meet become a small portion of who you are. GoSavvy believes that travel should be a lot less hectic and has developed solutions to simplify the way you experience new places, new adventures and new travels. It all starts with seamless hotel bookings, without any deadlines. Late in 2017, GoSavvy entered the owned and operated branded hospitality inventory space under the name Box Hotels (GoSavvy Collection) with its flagship property in Goa. The concept adopts up-cycling and re- using materials to build its hotels. The company now plans to expand this concept to 50+ locations in India. GoSavvy is funded by TV Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital and other prominent angel investors.

Gappan's startups have received multiple recognitions - Top 10 travel start-up at Phocuswright India 2016, Top 20 start-up at GMIC 2016, Top 5 start-up at Let's Venture Let's Ignite 2015 and YourStory Tech Sparks Top 20 Emerging start-ups in India.

Experience:

  • CEO and Co-Founder, GoSavvy – A hospitality inventory platform of both O&O Inventory and 3rd Party inventory
  • CEO and Co-Founder, Cooolio - A technology company into Mobile App development, Flagship Product - The Big Toss - Cricket. Over 65k downloads, 19k MAU's in 1 year
  • Managing Director - Stratburg Market Research & Consulting - A 3rd party research & consulting firm serving fortune companies across the globe like Microsoft, Aol., CNN, Turner, Mitsui, Conde Nast, comScore, Roche
  • Sr Manager, APAC Portal Operations, AOL Inc – helped launch and grow Aol products across 12+ APAC countries - a $30M online media business
  • Sr. Analyst, GENPACT/GE Capital - Consulted for GE Businesses & Fortune 500 companies in the areas of International Expansion, Business Development & M&A Activities