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Samir Bangara appointed MD and CEO of Qyuki Digital Media

Prior to this, Bangara was MD of the digital business at Disney UTV

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | May 10, 2013

Samir Bangara

The board of Qyuki Digital Media has announced the appointment of Samir Bangara as Managing Director and CEO, succeeding Poonacha Machaiah. Bangara will assume his new role from June 3, 2013.

Prior to this, Bangara was MD of the digital business at Disney UTV, which is one of India’s leading digital businesses specialising in games, and audio and video content. With 15 years of experience in the media and technology space, he was responsible for driving growth and scaling the digital business of Disney UTV.

“More than track record in building companies, what is important to me and AR Rahman is that the goals and dreams of people that join our endeavour are equal to ours. We welcome Samir in joining us both as part of the founding team, confident of his commitment, aspirations, desire and ability to venture with us beyond what individually we are capable of,” said Shekhar Kapur.

“We at Qyuki are indebted to Poonacha for being able to take the broadest of visions of AR Rahman and myself. Thank you Poonacha for being an integral part of our dream and giving it form and structure, based on which we are able to drive our goals forward today,” said Kapur.

“Unlocking the creative potential of India is an incredibly compelling idea.  I was in the midst of starting my own venture focussed on this when I met Shekhar. The ability to partner Shekhar Kapur and AR Rahman and coming aboard Qyuki added terrific synergies to my own ambitions and propel them to the next level,” said Bangara.

“Any startup in this space is like sailing into the high seas with sails being ripped by uncertain storms. Poonacha has been a great captain at the helm and kept the ship steady and on course. He will be missed and we wish him luck” said AR Rahman.

Qyuki Digital Media has been founded by Shekhar Kapur (BAFTA winner, critically acclaimed film director and producer) and AR Rahman (Academy Award winning composer, singer, songwriter and record producer). The platform aims to unlock the creative potential of India by empowering people’s self-expression and enable them to build their creative identity.

Qyuki has built a new media platform that enables seamless collaboration across social communities, networks and devices. Cisco is one of the key early investors in the company.

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