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High-flying Indian budget hotel startup Oyo hires ex-Uber GM to lead new Seattle office | GeekWire

Oyo, a six-year-old hotel startup that has already grown to dominate the budget hospitality scene in India and China, is setting its sights on the U.S. and has just landed in the Pacific Northwest. The company is establishing an office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood that will be home to Oyo’s regional sales, operations, finance and product teams, GeekWire has learned.

Seattle is just one city in a massive global expansion for Oyo, which is the third-largest hotel chain in the world by the number of rooms. In the U.S., the startup operates more than 50 hotels in 35 cities, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami. Oyo said earlier this year that it plans to invest $300 million in the states, with Dallas serving as the firm’s U.S. headquarters.

Heading up Oyo’s Seattle office and the company’s Northwest operations is Alejandro Chouza, who was previously general manager of Uber’s Northwest operations, working out of the company’s engineering center in Seattle. Chouza also helped launch Uber’s operations in Mexico; before that, he`was a senior product manager at Microsoft and co-founder of Tio Labs, a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Mexico that was acquired.

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