Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Rediff.com, has been named Chairman Emeritus of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The governing board of IAMAI has also unanimously elected Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder and CEO of Info Edge India Ltd, as Chairman for the year 2008-09.
In his capacity as Chairman Emeritus, which is a life-time appointment, Balakrishnan would head the Council of past Chairpersons and provide strategic direction to the Association as well as the internet and mobile content and services industry.
Commenting on the priorities of the Association, Bikhchandani said, “Building bridges and partnerships with relevant government agencies is the top priority. Broadband penetration, better terms of business for online publishers and mobile content and services industry too are on top of the list.”
He further said, “Overall, the digital industry needs focused collective action to make Internet and mobile content and services popular and at the same time, create an enabling environment for business. It is, therefore, necessary that the representative association of the industry, IAMAI, is strengthened.”
Sanjay Aggarwal, General Manager, Operations, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been elected Vice Chairman, while Ratish Nair, Co-Founder, Interactive Avenues, is the Treasurer for the year 2008-09. Nair, an alumnus of IIM Kolkata, heads Interactive Avenues, one of the largest specialised digital agencies in India.
IAMAI has also announced that Dr Subho Ray, the Association’s Secretary and President, would continue with his current responsibilities.