Vikram Kumar, who resigned as head of InternetNZ last month, has been appointed the new CEO of Kim Dotcom’s web service Mega. Mega’s interim CEO Tony Lentino, owner of Instra Corporation and shareholder at Mega, will maintain a seat as a director with Mega.
“In addition to running the Instra business, I am happy to work alongside other Mega executives, combining our abilities to create a global success”, Lentino says in a statement issued by Mega yesterday evening.
“I have assisted Mega since its inception, putting time and energy into finding investors, setting up support staff and general overview of the company in its initial stage. Now Mega runs on a day-to-day routine and I am pleased to hand the role of CEO to Vikram who is an experienced leader in the internet industry.”
Kumar says since the company launched two weeks ago, two million subscribers have joined mega.co.nz.
In his blog he explains what led to his decision to take up the new role: “I hadn’t met Kim before and so went to “the mansion” to meet the Mega team (Kim, Mathias, Finn, and Bram) in mid-Jan. The next week Mega launched with extensive media coverage. All of this provided the opportunity to look at Mega from every angle. Many, many hours of thinking later, I decided to take on this challenging role.”
He writes that among his reasons for joining Mega are the opportunity to join an internet start-up that “comes with a whole new set of challenges (exponential growth while cash is heavily constrained) but has the terrific atmosphere of constant energy, urgency and innovation.” He also says “the value Mega promotes align with my own - openness, innovation, privacy, and security.” Following his departure from InternetNZ last month Kumar told CIO's sister magazine Computerworld his next career move would be in a role that looks wider than the policy side of the internet. “something involved with using the internet, with innovation or social enterprise."