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Sportz Interactive appoints Arvind Iyengar as CEO

MUMBAI: Sports solutions company Sportz Interactive has appointed Arvind Iyengar as the company’s new CEO. The move was made by the company’s founder-CEO Naveen Aranha, who now transitions to a role focused on global partnerships and growth.

Iyengar’s appointment coincided with the unveiling of a new corporate logo and vision at the Sportz Interactive headquarters in Mumbai, India, which houses close to 100 employees.

“I’ve known Arvind for a while and he is absolutely inspirational. I’m delighted that we were able to attract him with the challenge of leading Sportz Interactive through an era filled with growth and opportunities,” said Aranha, who will continue to stay fully involved with the business he founded in 2002. “Arvind comes in to complement the vision and dreams of the Sportz Interactive family. Every member of the team is excited and geared up for the future.”

Iyengar, who has a deep passion for sports, had this to say about his appointment: “Naveen and the team have done a fantastic job driving stellar growth over the past decade. Built on a strong foundation with innovation at its core, Sportz Interactive is now well positioned to create the next generation of products and solutions that will revolutionise the fan experience. I am excited to lead the team in our next phase of growth.”

Sportz Interactive, which is an integral part of the Chicago-headquartered Stats Global Network, has aggressive expansion plans for 2014 and promises to redefine the sports fan experience in the coming months.

“This year is filled with multiple marquee sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup. We will be working with our partners and clients around the world to bring out a suite of offerings across digital, mobile and social platforms. Our emerging products spanning second screen experiences, fantasy sports and infographics are going to be game changers,” the new CEO said.

Gary Walrath, the CEO of Stats, which owns a controlling interest in Sportz Interactive, added, “Naveen has done a fabulous job leading Sportz Interactive since its founding in 2002 to their current pole position in South Asia today. We’re delighted that Arvind will guide Sportz Interactive forward from an already strong, profitable foundation to achieve its full potential as the unrivalled pacesetter in its chosen markets. STATS is proud to be closely associated with these two dynamic thought leaders and is eager to help bring new product capabilities to sports fans everywhere.”