Shailesh Rao and Ambareesh Murty to lead IAMAI

New Delhi, May 14, 2009: Two Internet industry leaders will be at the helm of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), to steer it to the second decade of the millennium. The Internet and Mobile Association of India has appointed Shailesh Rao, Managing Director, Google India as the Chairman and Ambareesh Murty, Country Manager, eBay India as the Vice Chairman. Sanjay Aggarwal, General Manager, Operations, IRCTC, the largest e-commerce site in India, has been appointed the Treasurer of the association.

Commenting on his new role as the Chairman, IAMAI, Shailesh Rao said, “We need to build a more visible identity and collective vision for the Internet industry of India.  By organizing the relevant stakeholders, evangelizing the value of the medium, and advocating for more proactive government action on behalf of the Internet, IAMAI will emerge as the most credible and important platform for digital India.”

Added Ambareesh Murty, the new vice-chairman, IAMAI, “The Internet is now the mainstream medium and the priority in the next few years would be to ensure that the IAMAI represents the entire ecosystem of internet businesses in India today including start-ups and early-stage businesses. “ While as the Treasurer of the Association, Sanjay Aggarwal’s aim would be to bring e-Commerce to the forefront of all commercial activities in India, thereby bringing choice, transparency and efficiency to all transactions.

The announcements were made earlier today following the annual general meeting of the association on 28 April said Subho Ray, IAMAI president.

IAMAI represents the interests of the internet and mobile value added services companies in India. A digital India vision statement, a better business environment for mobile VAS companies, legalization of VoIP termination on PSTN line, better commercial terms for online agencies and publishers and a thrust for e-Commerce are some of the key priorities for the association.

About IAMAI 

The Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is a not-for-profit industry body registered under the Societies Act, 1896.  Its mandate is to expand and enhance the online and mobile value added services sectors.  It is dedicated to presenting a unified voice of the businesses it represents to the government, investors, consumers and other stakeholders. The association addresses the issues, concerns and challenges of the Internet and Mobile economy and takes a leading role in its development. 

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