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BookMyShow bolsters leadership across businesses

Madhushree Chakrabarty April 21, 2021
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BookMyShow restructures its senior leadership across its businesses, as the company is strengthening its India management team across key business verticals. As a part of the restructuring, Anil Makhija has been elevated as COO – Live Entertainment & Venues, taking over the position from Albert Almeida who will head Brand Partnerships for BookMyShow in the journey ahead.

Further, BookMyShow has forayed into the streaming business with BookMyShow Stream which will be helmed by Ashish Saksena, COO – Cinemas, where he will be responsible for bringing in all things movies, under one umbrella.

Also, Marzdi Kalianiwala will take on the role of Senior Vice President – Product & Design at the company and he will be responsible for driving the brand’s product strategy and innovation roadmap in line with consumer needsMahesh Vandi ChalilSenior Vice President – Technology to scale the firm’s technological prowess and strategic approach to development and delivery.

Commenting on the decision, Ashish Hemrajani, Founder & CEO, BookMyShow said, “In its 21-year long journey, BookMyShow has been through its share of black swan events that have significantly changed not only the way we run business, but also the underlying consumer experience. However, with every such unpredictability, BookMyShow has only bounced back stronger and more ready to face the next big challenge. Without a shred of doubt, our tenacity is driven by the unwavering loyalty of millions of consumers who have stayed with us through the ups and downs of these past years and equally so, by a visionary leadership team that has always been one to think ahead of time and prepare for it today. This latest structural shift in BookMyShow’s leadership is an example of this foresight and one that will be our bedrock as we continue to future proof ourselves while moving forward swiftly, in a constantly evolving world of entertainment.”

Parikshit Dar, Co-founder & Director, BookMyShow said, “As a digital-first company, nimble technology and dexterous product adaptability have, undoubtedly, been BookMyShow’s pillars through our two-decade-long journey of bringing unique entertainment experiences to Indian audiences. If anything, the pandemic has only further reinforced the criticality of evolving technology and a product that can respond seamlessly to a consumer’s needs as the keystone for a lasting experience. As we take a step forward with the new leadership, bolstering our product and technology platform will be the backbone in building new avenues for growth and a richer consumer experience. BookMyShow hasn’t been more excited and fortified in its journey to continue diversifying entertainment experiences made in India.”

Talking about the leadership changes across the company, Shamita Ghosh, Head – Human Resources, BookMyShow said, “At BookMyShow, we have always followed a culture of keeping things as simple as possible by defying convention and truly being disruptive in our thoughts and approach to work. Challenges or downturns have simply meant a stepping stone that has always helped us leap forward in this fast-changing world of entertainment. Leadership at BookMyShow has never been restricted to merely building the business but has always meant practicing what we preach and leading by example to nurture a culture of inclusivity and community. Our new leadership will continue to fortify this culture and together with this team, I am confident that the next chapter in BookMyShow’s journey will be nothing short of a blockbuster!”

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