Akash Saxena of Hotstar quits; Mukund Acharya steps in his shoes

Akash Saxena of Hotstar quits; Mukund Acharya steps in his shoes

Saxena had been with the OTT giant for about six years.


Mumbai: According to reliable industry sources, Disney+ Hotstar executive vice president and chief technology officer Akash Saxena has called it quits. He is expected to be replaced by Mukund Acharya, who has been playing the role of executive director of engineering at the OTT giant up until now.

Acharya has been with Disney+Hotstar since the beginning of 2019 and has moved up the ladder. In his role as executive director of engineering, he was responsible for leading engineering teams for monetization (adtech, subscriptions, payments), growth, and international.

Acharya has led various engineering roles at InMobi, Riverbed Technology, and Yahoo!

Saxena joined Disney+ Hotstar in 2017 and spent almost six years in various roles. Prior to that, he spearheaded the technology department of numerous companies like Craftsvilla, TinyOwl, and OpenTable. He was also the co-founder of Youpid.in, a matrimonial product that leveraged a person’s social network to help him/her find a suitable match for marriage.

Indiantelevision.com tried getting in touch with Saxena, but he was unavailable for comment.