One97 Communications Appoints Raj Ahuja as Its CFO


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One97 Communications* has appointed Raj Ahuja as its new CFO, reports TechCircle. Confirming this appointment to Medianama, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & Managing Director, One97 Communications said that Ahuja will be responsible for managing the company’s finance.

Prior to this new role, Ahuja was serving as Executive Vice President – Finance at Star India where he was handling the company’s controller role and was responsible for the taxation and finance of Star India’s international business.

He has also served as the Director – Finance & Operations for NXP Semiconductors India for two and a half years and has had stints at Wipro and Fareast Merchantile Limited.

Besides this appointment, the company has also appointed Vivek N Gour as an independent board director and chairman of One97′s Audit Committee. Gour is the Managing Director & CEO of Air Works India Engineering Pvt Ltd and a board member at MakeMyTrip.

One97 has been expanding its senior team for some time now. Earlier this month, One97 had appointed Dushyant Saraswat as Vice President – Business at One97 and Aji Joseph as Head of Mobile Marketing and Advertising. Prior to this, it had appointed Milind Pathak as One97′s Global Head of New Business last November. The company had also appointed Sandeep Amar as Vice President – Mobile Marketing last October, however Amar had quit last month to start its own venture.

Previous Developments:

In December 2012, One97 Communications had acquired MobiVite, a platform for business and brand managers to create mobile campaigns for their brands to mobile web campaigns. Earlier this month, we had also reported that One97 Communications is planning to launch its mobile ad network, AdWorks. However, the network hasn’t been officially launched yet.

On the other hand, One97′s consumer facing business Paytm had introduced online bus ticket booking on its portal, in December 2012 and toll card recharge option in August 2012. At launch, the company had claimed to offer bus tickets across 10,000 different routes and more than 600 operators on its portal.

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