BookMyShow Rings in Top Rung Changes, Anil Makhija Named COO of Live Entertainment and Venues

Industry Watch | April 22, 2021 | News

BookMyShow BookMyShow Stream Albert Almeida Anil Makhija Ashish Saksena

BookMyShow has announced new roles for its senior leaders including Anil Makhija, Albert Almeida, Ashish Saksena, Marzdi Kalianiwala and Mahesh Vandi Chalil.

Anil Makhija will now be in charge of scaling live entertainment operations as COO - Live Entertainment and Venues, taking over from Albert Almeida. Almeida will head Brand Partnerships.

Makhija joined BookMyShow in 2013 to lead ground operations and service delivery, while also overseeing deployment of new technologies across physical events.

Almeida joined BookMyShow in 2018 to head the firm’s live entertainment business. His role now entails building strategic brand partnerships by unlocking the strength of BookMyShow’s IPs and community.

BookMyShow Stream, a  transactional-video-on-demand model, will be helmed by Ashish Saksena, COO – Cinemas, bringing all things movies under one umbrella.

Marzdi Kalianiwala, Head of Business Intelligence and Marketing, will now take on the role of Senior Vice President – Product & Design.

Mahesh Vandi Chalil, Head of Technology, will take on the role of Senior Vice President – Technology heading technological governance, advancements, solutions and recommendations for enterprise architecture within the platform, informed an official statement.

Ashish Hemrajani, Founder and 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.”

He takes over from Albert Almeida, who will head Brand Partnerships; BookMyShow Stream to be helmed by Ashish Saksena, COO – Cinemas, bringing VOD and movies under one umbrella.

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