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IAMAI Names Kunal Shah As The New Chairman

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has named Kunal Shah, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, FreeCharge as the new Chairman of IAMAI. The move was necessitated following Nishant Rao’s move to join Freshdesk as the global Chief Operating Officer, from Linkedin.

The Association has also announced Vishwas Patel, Chief Executive Officer – CCAvenue as the new treasurer. Vinodh Bhat, Co-founder, President & Chief Strategy Officer at Saavn remains the Vice-Chairman of the Association.

Kunal Shah co-founded FreeCharge in August 2010 with the aim to build a business that turned Recharges in to Rewarding Experiences for its consumers. In April 2015, FreeCharge was acquired by Snapdeal. Post acquisition, FreeCharge continues to be an independent entity under Kunal’s leadership. While Kunal’s current mission is to get every single Indian to experience a single transaction via FreeCharge, in his spare time, he reads a lot of books on behavioral economics and science, besides being an avid Texas Hold ‘Em poker player.

Vinodh Bhat is a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded Saavn, which is a revolutionary streaming music service, reinventing how people listen to and share music, in India and around the world. With a catalog in the millions (and growing by the day), the company’s motto is simple – play what you want, when you want.

As the Founder-CEO of Avenues India Private Limited, Vishwas has guided the company to become South Asia's No. 1 eCommerce service provider. The company's first initiative, CCAvenue was launched in September 2001 and it today provides payment gateway services to thousands of eMerchants across the world.


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