Non-executive director

Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury

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Biography

Ajay Chowdhury is Partner and Managing Director at BCG Digital Ventures. Prior to that he was CEO of Seatwave, a European online ticketing marketplace that was sold to Ticketmaster. Prior to this, he was CEO of ComQi, a global omni-channel retail technology company before which he co-founded IDG Ventures Europe, a $100m European venture capital fund. At IDGVE he was the founder investor and Chairman of Shazam, a $1bn mobile audio recognition company and also invested in and served on the board of Lionhead, a games developer, sold to Microsoft.

Prior to IDGVE he was CEO of LineOne - a joint venture between United News and Media and British Telecom - which he grew into one of the UK’s largest portals and ISP’s. At UNM was founder and Managing Director of its internet division, before which he was a manager at Bain & Company. Ajay has an MBA from Wharton and studied drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Non-executive director

Our non-executive directors are senior figures from outside the department who bring a diverse mix of expertise and skills from across the public and private sector. They all:

  • give guidance and advice to DCMS leaders and ministers
  • support and challenge management on the department’s strategic direction
  • provide support in monitoring and reviewing progress