Freecharge founder Kunal Shah has been appointed as the Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). IAMAI is a not-for-profit industry body with a mandate to expand and enhance the online and mobile value added services sectors. It aims to present a unified voice of the businesses it represents to the government, investors, consumers and other stakeholders.
Shah succeeds Nishant Rao, the ex-managing director of LinkedIn, who recently moved to Freshdesk as the global Chief Operating Officer. IAMAI counts companies like Facebook and Google among its members.
Shah is one of India’s most successful internet entrepreneurs, having founded Freecharge in 2010. The company was acquired by Snapdeal early this year for $400 million, a record in India’s internet space. Shah is known for his forward-thinking approach to business, and if his tweet after his election is any indication, he’s going to carry his unconventional approach into this role as well.
@singh_sequoia @IAMAIForum @FreeCharge just hope uncle companies don't ban me 🙂
— Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) January 5, 2016