Samir Saraiya is joining MSN India as Head-Business Development. He will be reporting to Jaspreet Bindra, Country Head, MSN India and Windows Live.
Commenting on Saraiya’s appointment, Bindra said, “The Indian Internet market is flourishing, and the growth that MSN India is experiencing reflects that. Samir’s appointment is part of our commitment to strengthen our pool of experience and expertise that MSN customers have come to expect.”
In this newly created role, Saraiya will be responsible for leveraging the strengths of MSN India and Windows Live to create new opportunities and relationships with businesses in the Indian market.
Saraiya has been with the Internet industry for the past several years. The early dotcom wave saw him shifting to Mid-Day, where he headed the group’s business development portfolio across its digital assets. He then joined The Times of India Group, where he worked with the Vice-Chairman’s office overseeing business strategy across the Group’s media properties, including Indiatimes, The Economic Times and Bombay Times. In 2003, he moved to Yahoo! India, where he was responsible for creating new revenue streams across both the Internet and mobile divisions, including launching Yahoo! India’s e-commerce initiative and its mobile advertising products.
Interestingly, Saraiya is a keen sportsman having represented India in international Rugby tournaments. He has also been appointed manager of the Indian rugby team.