The Board of Directors of the InMobi Group has appointed Harvard Professor Tarun Khanna as an independent director of the firm.
“We are very excited to have Tarun Khanna join our Board,” said Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO of InMobi Group. “All our businesses – InMobi Unified Marketing Cloud, Glance and TruFactor are scaling globally. The breadth and depth of his insights from academia and his expertise as an entrepreneur and board member across varied industries across the globe will stand us in good stead on this journey.”
Mr. Khanna’s appointment expands the Board to seven directors, two of whom are independent.
“InMobi’s journey from being the first unicorn to becoming a successful global company to emerge out of India is an inspiration for any entrepreneur,” said Tarun Khanna.” InMobi is pushing the envelope on growth and innovation on multiple fronts. Its Unified Marketing Cloud continues to clock impressive growth in the US, China and Asia; TruFactor, its secure data platform business that enables telcos to transform their digital assets into strategic knowledge is seeing great traction in the US and Asia; and Glance, its AI-powered Screen Zero platform is the fastest growing content platform in India. I am very excited to be part of InMobi’s next phase of growth in powering artificial-intelligence driven, mobile-first experiences for enterprises and consumers.”
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for over two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he also teaches strategy, corporate governance and international business to students at all levels of the University, from undergraduates to senior executives.
Since 2010, he has served as the first director of what is now the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard, a University-wide initiative across the sciences, humanities and professions, to connect Harvard to the roughly two billion people living in India and its neighborhood.
In 2007, he was nominated Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum; and in 2009, elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. In 2015, he was named by the Government of India to chair the national commission to help shape the fabric of India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2016, the Academy of Management recognized him as Eminent Scholar for Lifetime Achievement in the field of International Management. In 2018, the Government of India named him to its commission to help select India’s Institutes of Eminence, the project to enhance India’s leading Universities for the future.
Outside HBS, he serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards in the US and India. For the past decade, these have included Washington DC-based AES, delivering safe, affordable, and sustainable energy to millions living across fifteen countries, and India-based Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited (BFIL), among the world’s largest firms dedicated to financial inclusion for the poor. He is a co-founder of several technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in the developing world, spanning India, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Recently, he co-founded Axilor, a vibrant incubator in Bangalore. In 2015, he was appointed a Trustee of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.