VFS Global appoints Aditya Arora as Chief Operating Officer


Further strengthening of leadership team as the company looks to business growth and expansion of its operations post the pandemic.

Middle East: VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions, announced the appointment of Aditya Arora as its Chief Operating Officer.

Aditya will be responsible for managing the company’s global operations, focusing especially on developing greater efficiencies and synergies across all its services and products for applicants and client governments.  He will be responsible for the transformation of systems and processes through increased technology leverage.

He reports to Zubin Karkaria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VFS Global, and will play a role in the overall strategic direction of the company as a member of VFS Global’s Executive Board. 

In a career spanning over 26 years, Aditya spent over two decades in the outsourcing industry. He has set up several large businesses with cross-cultural teams, across multiple verticals, bringing in strong deployment practices and an agile leadership in business development and planning, transformational practices, operational excellence, change, and risk management including governance and regulatory compliances.

Before joining VFS Global, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Teleperformance – India where he led a 75,000+ member workforce and managed one of the most profitable businesses from the Teleperformance group. Prior to joining Teleperformance, Aditya worked with Bank of America, CitiFinancial and Genpact.

Having completed two decades of operations last year, in this new growth phase, the company would fortify its core visa services business, as well as focus on the development of newer, higher-growth potential businesses like passport and consular services, eVisa and Identity & Citizen services which will now be led by Jiten Vyas, Chief Commercial Officer, who will additionally take care of strategic M&A as well. Jiten, who has been with the company since 2003, continues to be part of the Executive Board, reporting to Zubin Karkaria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VFS Global. 

“Completing 20 years of successful operations in 2021 was the beginning of a new growth chapter for us. I am delighted to have Aditya join us in this exciting growth-focussed phase as we continue enhancing our services and operations through investments in innovation, technology and human capital development and remain committed to business excellence overall. Given his robust experience and leadership skills, I am confident Aditya will play a pivotal role in our transformation journey forward,” said Karkaria.

Arora said, “VFS Global is a shining example of how a visionary idea can be translated into a global enterprise through strong customer orientation, service innovation, and dedication to business excellence. I am excited to work with this outstanding team to build upon this legacy and shape its new growth phase.”

About VFS Global 

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. VFS Global is the trusted partner of 65 client governments, operating a global network with more than 3,500 Application Centres in 143 countries. The company has processed over 245 million applications since its inception in 2001. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical assessment task. VFS Global has its headquarters in Zurich/Switzerland and Dubai/United Arab Emirates.

VFS Global is majority-owned by funds managed by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. Blackstone seeks to create positive economic impact and long-term value for their investors, the companies in which they invest, and the communities in which they work. Blackstone’s USD 915 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, infrastructure, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets, and secondary funds, all on a global basis.

The Swiss-based Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation and EQT, a global investment organisation, headquartered in Stockholm/Sweden, hold minority stakes in VFS Global.