International: Aqilliz, the middleware technology provider that strives to enable greater collaboration and interoperability across the digital marketing ecosystem, announced the appointment of media industry leader Rajeev Dhal as Chief Business Officer, effective 1 September 2021. With over 20 years of senior management experience across the consumer internet and media industries across Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (APMEA), Rajeev has a proven track record in spearheading scalable and strategic growth initiatives.
In his capacity as Chief Business Officer, Rajeev will be responsible for Aqilliz’s go-to-market initiatives ranging from product refinement, pricing strategies, sales optimisation, as well as customer satisfaction globally. Rajeev will also be working with the team to maximise the performance of Aqilliz’s revenue-generating business lines by creating brand awareness and adoption to drive long-term business growth.
Newly-appointed Aqilliz Chief Business Officer Rajeev Dhal said, “When a service is free, that’s when you know you’re the product: The adage still stands today, reflective of the current status quo when it comes to user privacy across an increasingly digitised landscape. Yet, regulatory bodies are now looking to hold companies accountable and awareness is rising among users and brands alike. What we’re seeing is the perfect recipe for disruption across the AdTech and MarTech ecosystem and Aqilliz is here to address these challenges for the better. I couldn’t be happier to be joining the team at such a pivotal time in the industry.”
Prior to joining Aqilliz, Rajeev served as the Chief Revenue Officer at ZEE5, India’s largest entertainment over-the-top (OTT) media platform, where he was responsible for developing the company’s AdTech and data practice. During this time, Rajeev scaled ZEE5’s revenue by two times in the last year generating the highest revenue per viewer across the OTT category.
“With its emphasis on cutting-edge technologies that place ethical use of data at the heart of its offering, Aqilliz is in a unique position and will soon become an extremely critical piece of the Web 3.0 value chain. I am extremely excited to be a part of this movement and looking forward to writing history with such an awesome and talented team,” concluded Rajeev.
From 2018 to 2020, Rajeev also held the role of Chief Revenue Officer at SHAREit, the world’s largest content sharing app. Under his management, the SHAREit team built direct-to-business sales channels across India, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, Egypt, South Africa, and Bangladesh. Throughout this time, Rajeev scaled the company’s ARR from US$2 million to US$32 million across six quarters. Rajeev began his career across advertising and media under the WPP group of companies for over a decade, including Ogilvy, JWT, and Wavemaker.
Led by ex-WPP veteran Gowthaman ‘G’man’ Ragothaman, Aqilliz envisions a future that embraces safe, secure, and compliant data sharing between businesses and consumers. Founded by professionals from the world of brands, advertising, and cutting-edge technology, Aqilliz comprises a team of industry experts who share a common vision of bringing greater value to the marketing ecosystem. To date, Aqilliz has partnered and worked with leading industry names and brands across the fast-moving consumer goods and mobile food delivery sectors.