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Former InternetNZ boss to head Dotcom's Mega

Published: 11:10AM Friday February 08, 2013 Source: ONE News

Former InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar will be heading up Kim Dotcom's controversial new Mega website.

Kumar, who recently resigned from his role at the non-profit internet advocacy group, is set to take over from interim Mega CEO Tony Lentino.

Lentino confirmed Kumar's appointment, and described him as an "experienced leader in the internet industry".

Owner of Instra and a Mega shareholder, Lentino added that he will maintain a seat as a director with Mega and will continue to provide his entrepreneurial spirit and skills to the enterprise.

"I have assisted Mega since its inception, putting time and energy into finding investors, setting up support staff and general overview of the company in its initial stage. Now Mega runs on a day-to-day routine and I am pleased to hand the role of CEO to Vikram who is an experienced leader in the Internet industry," he stated.

"In addition to running the Instra business, I am happy to work alongside other Mega executives, combining our abilities to create a global success," Lentino said.

Kumar, who resigned from Internet NZ on January 31, said that Mega is "an exciting business" and "one that I am delighted to be joining".

"Since launch just over two weeks ago, the company has had some stellar successes, with over two million subscribers joining I look forward to building on this initial success to develop Mega into a significant company on the international Internet stage," he said.

Mega is a cloud storage service which was launched at Dotcom's Coatesville mansion on January 20.

The company says the service provides up to 50GB of free space, on-the-fly encryption and extremely fast file transfers.

Dotcom is currently fighting extradition from New Zealand to the United States in relation to charges copyright infringement over his Megaupload website.