11:43 pm - Monday 22 September 2014

Milind Pathak joins One97 as its Global Head of New Business

By Parvina Purkayastha - Mon Nov 05, 11:15 am

Ex-VP Comviva, Joins One97 as Global Head of New Business

One97, one of the leading Mobile Internet Company has appointed Milind Pathak as its Global Head of New Business. This move is primarily to fuel the firm’s global expansion plans. With Milind’s leadership, One97 aims to create new business overseas and cater to the global market.

Milind holds an engineering degree from the University of Pune and a PG in Marketing from the JBIMS, University of Mumbai. Pathak has 18 years of experience, having worked with companies like Comviva Technologies, Buongiorno and Mitsui. Most recently, he served as Vice President–Asia Market Unit at Comviva. Prior to Comviva, Milind headed Buongiorno Hong Kong as its Co-CEO and Country Manager, where he set up the company from scratch in India and built it as a respectable VAS company riding on the back of many innovative solutions. The move comes close on the heels of Tech Mahindra acquiring a 51% stake on a fully diluted basis in Comviva.

Speaking on the appointment, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Managing Director of One97, said, “Milind is an exceptional addition to the One97 leadership team. I am a great admirer of his enthusiasm and hands-on leadership. With his deep understanding of the direct to consumer business and mobile, media convergence, I believe Milind will be able to create a great demand for our offerings in the global markets.

Expressing his views on joining, Milind Pathak, shared, “I have known Vijay for many years and we have been toying with the idea of working together for a long time. I am excited to join a solid team and look forward to building one of the largest mobile Internet Companies in India and across emerging markets. The future holds promise for the mobile payments and mobile Internet industries and we will work on attaining leadership in these domains, globally. ”

One97 offers mobile focused services to consumers using feature phones and smart phones. The key offerings from the company include mobile content, mobile marketing and mobile commerce services under the Paytm brand name.

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