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OML re-jigs top management; elevates Gunjan Arya as CEO, Dhruv Sheth as COO

The newly elevated leadership team — all managing partners at OML prior to these appointments — will take on their new roles with immediate effect, leading OML into its next phase of growth and expansion. Ajay Nair will continue in his role as managing director of the company, focusing on new opportunities.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 05.30 PM IST
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The company also named Saurabh Abbi as the chief business officer for new initiatives and international business.
MUMBAI: OML Entertainment, the Indian artist and event management company, has announced new leadership team with elevation of Gunjan Arya as its chief executive and Dhruv Sheth as chief operating officer. The company also named Saurabh Abbi as the chief business officer for new initiatives and international business.

The newly elevated leadership team — all managing partners at OML prior to these appointments — will take on their new roles with immediate effect, leading OML into its next phase of growth and expansion.

Ajay Nair will continue in his role as managing director of the company, focusing on new opportunities.

“OML has had its best performing couple of years in FY 18 and FY 19 and is poised to grow at over 30% over last year in FY 2020. These three years have been remarkable for the new businesses OML has built and for the multiple new live, branded and content experiences it has executed. This has been largely due to the excellent leadership of Gunjan, Dhruv and Saurabh along with a very talented, experienced and resourceful team and it gives me great pleasure to announce their new roles. I am confident in their abilities to take on these expanded roles and lead such a diverse portfolio in today's dynamic environment,” said Nair.
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Gunjan Arya

The live events, brand solutions, global creator network teams and HR will continue reporting to Arya directly. In the business of building brands since the age of 16, Arya has formerly worked with a number of global and Indian ad agencies including Arnold Worldwide in Boston and chlorophyll in India.

A part of OML since 2015, she has been instrumental in helping the company transform itself from a homegrown Indian company to a global company, setting up one of its fastest growing verticals — the Global Creator Network — that has presence in over 22 countries. She has also been a key member of the live events team – from the design of the very first BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender festival, to today leading the business vertical that runs over 300+ shows every year. Arya will continue to be a part of the board of directors at OML, and support Nair in OML’s international expansion.

As COO, Sheth will continue to oversee the content division at OML as well as supervise the finance and legal functions. Additionally, he will lead the integrated creator and artist management team, while bringing organisational efficiencies across businesses at OML.
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Dhruv Sheth


Sheth had joined the company in 2012, as a production intern for the David Guetta concerts, and has steadily risen through the ranks. He has expanded the artist management roster at OML to 75 artists from 17 artists seven years ago. Amongst the shows he has produced at OML are ‘Comicstaan’, ‘One Mic Stand’, ‘Pushpavalli’, ‘Laakhon Main Ek’ and ‘Chacha Vidhayak Hai Humare’. He has already produced over 200 hours of content for multiple digital platforms in the last couple of years.

Abbi, in his new role as CBO (New Initiatives and International Business), will be responsible for developing and launching new business verticals as well as international businesses at OML. His expertise in people management and the intricacies of leading businesses has helped him ensure the popularity of OML-represented artists in India and across the globe.

“OML, as an industry leader, has accomplished massive growth in the past decade. The new leadership team led by Gunjan has a proven success record and I’m sure that they will continue to excel in their new expanded roles at OML to ensure high momentum business growth,” said Rajesh Kamat, MD, Emerald Media, and a board member to OML.

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Saurabh Abbi

“OML continues to remind us of its outstanding ability to build businesses with its “customer n people first” approach. The new leaders are a testimony to its management depth and maturity. Hats off to Ajay for developing the business with such redundancy and future-proofing,” added Sanjeev Shah, Executive President, Corporate and M&A at Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, one of the investors at OML.
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