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Movers And Shakers Of The Week [1-5 Jan 2019]

Movers And Shakers Of The Week [1-5 Jan 2019]

PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau looking to transition to Naspers’ fintech business

Spencer Neumann has joined Netflix as its chief financial officer

Square appointed Amrita Ahuja as its chief financial officer

We bring to you the latest edition of Movers and Shakers of the Indian startup ecosystem.

PayU India CEO Moves To Naspers

PayU India’s chief executive Amrish Rau is looking to transition into a broader role as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fintech business. The digital payments company is expected to appoint a new CEO soon.

Reports said that Naspers is extremely bullish about the scope of fintech disruptions in India and Rau’s role will be to drive acquisitions and partnerships here, so that they get to dominate the Indian fintech market.

In an internal note, the company said Rau will scout the market for fresh acquisitions in the financial tech sector and create synergies between the group’s portfolio companies.

PayU India has contributed heavily to Naspers profits and the company reported a 92% jump in its revenues for FY18 reaching $84.8 Mn (INR 588 Cr).

Amrita Ahuja Joins Square As CFO

California-headquartered payments company Square appointed Amrita Ahuja as its chief financial officer.

Prior to this, Ahuja has been working as  CFO of Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard that develops and publishes interactive software products and entertainment content. She has been with the company for over eight years across various finance and strategy roles.

Ahuja has also worked with Fox Networks Group, the Walt Disney Company, and Morgan Stanley.

In her new role, Ahuja will be taking over from Sarah Friar who quit the company in October last year to join Nextdoor as its CEO. She will join the company later this month and report to CEO Jack Dorsey.

Netflix Appoints Spencer Neumann As CFO

Activision Blizzard’s Spencer Neumann has joined Netflix as its chief financial officer and will be taking over from David Wells, who left the company in August 2018.

Neumann has worked as CFO for Activision Blizzard for nearly two years, until he was fired for violating his legal obligations to the company earlier this week. Activision Blizzard didn’t disclose any specific details on the termination, saying only that it was unrelated to the company’s financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures.

In his prior roles, Neumann held several senior positions at The Walt Disney Company, most recently serving as the CFO and executive vice president of Global Guest Experience of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He also served as executive vice president of the ABC Television Network from 2001 to 2004 and CFO of the Walt Disney Internet Group from 1999 to 2001.

He has also worked with private equity firms of Providence Equity Partners and Summit Partners.

Stay tuned for the next week’s edition of Movers and Shakers of the Indian startup ecosystem!

Author

Bhumika Khatri

Inc42 Staff

Hailing from a business-oriented family, Bhumika has always been crunching numbers in her head. Words are her escape and she looks to find hidden startup stories.

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