One97 expands board; appoints CFO

21 Feb,2013

By A Correspondent


Mobile-Internet company One97 Communications announced expansion of its key finance leadership. Raj Ahuja will be the new Chief Financial Officer and Vivek N Gour will join as Independent Board Director. Mr Ahuja comes to One97 from Star India where he was Executive Vice President of Finance. With over 21 years in the industry, he has been General Manager Business Finance with Wipro and Director, Finance & Operations at NXP.


Mr Ahuja said, “I am excited to join the executive team at One97 that has been so smart and financially savvy with its operations. I am impressed by the team’s dedication growth and customer focus. I look forward to help driving and developing One97’s business.” He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sri Ram College of Commerce and holds ICMA of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India-ICWAI and FCA of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Nasdaq-listed MakeMyTrip’s board member, Vivek N. Gour’s appointment brings the number of board members to six for One97. In addition, he will be the Chairman of the company’s Audit Committee. Mr Gour is currently the Managing Director of Air Works, an Aviation MRO Refinishing Services. Prior to that Gour was Chief Financial Officer of NYSE listed Genpact Limited where he played an integral role in transforming Genpact from a captive unit of GE into a highly profitable public company.


“I am honoured to join the One97 board and work with this exceptional team,” commented Mr Gour adding, “Over the years, I have come to know and admire One97’s management team. I am confident they have the leadership and vision to ensure One97’s success.” He is an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Sydenham College, University of Bombay.


Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of One97 said, “With the scale that we are aiming, the addition of Raj and Vivek leadership brings a great strength to us. The Mobile Internet business opportunity is immense and their experience will go long way in the creation of a great company.”


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