Vikram Kumar, former head of online watchdog InternetNZ, has been appointed the new CEO of Kim Dotcom's Mega.
Previous Mega CEO and the company's largest investor, Tony Lentino, will stay on as a company director.
Pictured: Kim Dotcom and Vikram Kumar (credit: Kim Dotcom)
Kumar stepped down as the CEO of InternetNZ at the beginning of this year, after having served in the role for the previous three years. At the time, he told Idealog his resignation was an opportunity to take on new challenges after 25 years working in the technology sector. It seems he's now found that challenge as the man leading the controversial file locker service.
While he's never come outright in support of Dotcom or his ventures before, Kumar has been critical of the Crown's actions towards Dotcom, and its bumbling attempts to extradite him to the US on copyright and racketeering charges.
Kumar says when he was first contacted by Dotcom about the role in mid-January, his initial thought was it's a great opportunity but one that's full of risks.
Following Mega's launch on 20 January, and its subsequent bombardment of press commentary, Kumar says he was able to look at the company from several angles, eventually taking the role because Mega is a New Zealand company with global potential, which falls in line with his own ideals of openness and privacy.
“Mega is an exciting business and one that I am delighted to be joining”, says Kumar.
“Since launch just over two weeks ago, the company has had some stellar successes, with over two million subscribers joining Mega. I look forward to building on this initial success to develop Mega into a significant company on the international internet stage.”
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