Blinkx founder becomes chief strategy officer

Suranga Chandratillake, the founder and chief executive officer of video search engine Blinkx, is to move to the role of president and chief strategy officer.

Subhransu (“Brian”) Mukherjee has been appointed CEO of Blinkx with immediate effect.

A company statement said Chandratillake would “remain prominently involved” in relationships with investors, partners and advertisers.

Commenting on the appointment, Anthony Bettencourt, non-executive chairman of blinkx, said, “Under Suranga’s leadership, Blinkx has been transformed from a start-up to a successful, profitable business with over 300 employees and several major acquisitions under its belt. At this stage of any Company’s growth, ensuring the executive management team is set up to maximize the opportunities ahead is a key strategic imperative.”

Mukherjee joined Blinkx in 2011 through the acquisition of PVMG, where he was the President and CEO.