As part of its restructuring, Times Internet has made some key appointments in technology, marketing, movies, sales, etc. A company spokesperson, while confirming the appointments, said that 2006-07 had been a “momentous” year for Indiatimes.
The spokesperson said, “We expanded our businesses to the US and the UK markets through dedicated offices, we have launched various new initiatives like Indiatimes Art, Wallet 365 and remit2home. The emphasis at Indiatimes now is to own the brand rather than being just executors.”
S Muthukannan has been roped in as Technology Head. Muthukannan has joined Indiatimes from Fugensoft USA and had a long stint with Sun Microsystems, USA, where he was working as Senior Architect, designing and implementing several advanced software systems to optimise business processes.
Darpan Munjal has been appointed Chief Technology Officer, E-commerce. He is a management graduate from the Kellogg Institute of Management, USA, and has worked in organisations like CMC, Epedior and Sears Holding Corporation in the US.
The appointments in other verticals include that of Sanjay Sindhwani as VP-Corporate. Sindhwani has a proven record for strategic initiatives and is known for his business acumen. He returns to Times Internet after a year’s assignment with Television Eighteen.
Sameer Soni has been appointed Senior VP and Business Head-Indiatimes Movies. He would be spearheading all initiatives related to entertainment and movies. He has shifted from within the group, from Radio Mirchi, where he was working as Regional Director-North and West.
While these key appointments have been made, Indiatimes has also lost three top players. They are Vinay Kumar, Director-Corporate Strategy, who is serving his notice period; Sharat Dhall, who is Director of E-commerce, and Sumit Jain, Technology Head of the e-mail division.
Indiatimes is also relaunching its mobile business shortly for which two appointments have been made. Ajay Vaishnavi has been roped in as Director-Telecom. He will be heading the company’s strategy and operations for the telecom business unit. Credited with the launch of key mobile VAS initiatives, Vaishnavi’s last assignment was with CellNext Solutions. At the same time, Rajesh Agarwal has been appointed as GM-Telecom. With an experience spanning 13 years in the telecommunication industry in India and abroad, Agarwal’s last assignment was with ACL Wireless as Director-Enterprise Sales.
Another appointment is that of Amarinder S Dhaliwal as VP, E-commerce-Auto. This is again an intra-group movement, as Dhaliwal was responsible for sales, distribution and marketing of WWM/Times Group magazines. He has successfully launched titles like BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ and major international titles like ‘Gracia’ and ‘Hello!’ in India.
In the travel domain, Vinod Kumar Singh has come in as Head Technology-Travel. Singh comes with over two decades of experience in technology development and architecture. He has worked with organisations like SAS Solutions, Softek India, Eboolers pls, in India and abroad.
In marketing, Arindam Sengupta has been appointed as GM-Marketing. He has earlier worked with organisations like Mudra, Rediffusion DY&R and Reliance Telecom. In his last assignment with JWT, he was Associate VP and Client Servicing Director, managing key accounts like Pepsi and Eveready, among others.