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Industry Moves: Paytm, Vodafone and Prasar Bharti

Naveen Tewari

Naveen Tewari

Paytm makes three strategic board appointments

Mobile wallet and marketplace Paytm has made three new additions to its board and has appointed Ruchi Sanghvi, the first woman engineer at Facebook, WhatsApp global business head Neeraj Arora and InMobi founder Naveen Tewari, reports the Economic Times.

Ruchi Sanghvi  is currently vice president of operations at Dropbox and at Facebook she co-created and managed the News Feed feature on Facebook, Facebook Connect and Facebook’s Developer Conference F8. She has led core areas of product, including Facebook Privacy, Notes, Homepage, Profiles and User Engagement.

Neeraj Arora

Neeraj Arora

ruchi sanghvi

Ruchi Sanghvi

Neeraj Arora is WhatsApp’s vice president and a veteran in the technology space with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, corporate development, business development. Arora joined WhatsApp in 2011 after working in Google for more than 4 years. Prior to Google, he was also chief manager at Times Internet.

Naveen Tewari is the founder of mobile ad network InMobi and has also invested in startups such as Mango Games, financial services company Moneysights.com and accommodation platform  Nestaway.

Paytm board includes Ravi Adusumalli and Vivek Mathur of SAIF Partners. Also on the Paytm board are Jai Das of Sapphire Ventures, Kunal Bajaj of Analysys Mason and venture investor Michael Levinthal.

Amit Pradhan

Amit Pradhan

Vodafone appoints Amit Pradhan as chief technology security officer

Vodafone India has appointed Amit Pradhan as its chief technology security officer, reports the Economic Times. According to his LinkedIn profile, Pradhan joined Vodafone India earlier this month. Prior to Vodafone India, Pradhan served Cipla for almost three years as Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He also served as AVP of risk and security for The Royal Bank of Scotland. Pradhan’s focus lies in the areas of security operations, consulting, IT advisory and technology audits. His core expertise is setting up security functions like ISMS, SOC, Cyber Threat Response, Incident Response, Forensics and Business continuity framework.

Pradhan takes over the post of chief technology security officer at Vodafone following the exit of Burgess Cooper in February.  Cooper, who left the company after a nine years long stint, joined global consultancy firm Ernst & Young as Partner-Information & Cyber Security.

Prasar Bharati appoints Surya Prakash as full time chairman

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has appointed Surya Prakash as its chairman on a full time basis, reports Indiantelevision.com. Until now the post of the chairman was part time with a tenure of six years.

Prasar Bharati’s board comprises a chairman, an executive Member (chief executive officer), a member of finance, a member of  personnel, six part-time members, a representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Directors General of All India Radio and Doordarshan as ex-officio Members.  Indiantelevision further reports that the post comes with a salary hike which stands at Rs 1 lakh a month. Praksah is also entitled to receive Rs 10,000 per day subject to the overall monthly ceiling of Rs 1 lakh per month, for those days in a month when he is required to “perform any official work or duty” in the discharge of his functions as chairman of Prasar Bharati, including attending meetings.

Prasar Bharati operates state-run Doordarshan television network and the All India Radio.

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