Reji Thomas

  

Cofounder - Product & Technology, Foonza Media Pvt. Ltd

Location: Bangalore, India


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Work experience

Foonza Media Pvt. Ltd, CoFounder - Product & Technology
July 2011 - Present, BANGALORE, Karnataka, India

Oversee product and technical direction for all initiatives. Consultant to various portals, news organizations, social enterprises, NGOs and SMBs.

Launched *conditonsapply as a full service digital advertising agency and created strategic RFPs for Business Development. Implemented web hosting and Google Apps suite for SMBs. Built SEM, CPC, CPM and CPA campaigns that has conversion rates from 3% to 30%.

Product Managed a Responsive Design WordPress framework (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for implementing content management, social networking and ecommerce. Built custom themes and plugins based on various custom requirements. Used by 40+ clientele.

AOL, Snr. Technical Project Manager
February 2010 - June 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Managed transition of Display Advertising projects (part of $520 MM revenues, year ending 2010) from US (Baltimore, Dulles) and Ireland (Dublin) to the Bangalore office.

Supported staff augmentation, hiring and training of 70 resources (including Dev, QA, PjM). Streamlined capacity planning for projects and resource allocation on demand.

Liaison for US and Ireland Advertising PMOs. Managed Planning, Backlog Grooming, and Product Roadmaps and delivered SCRUM Model for projects across the AOL Advertising Program at Bangalore.

Provided Agile Consulting support and training for AOL Advertising, Mail and Paid Services teams (150 team members consisting of Engineers, PjMs and TMs).

Led corporate-wide Research Summit during October 2010 impacting 300+ employees. Managed end-to-end event, budgets, resources scheduling, vendor negotiations, branding, communication material, execution and was MC for the event facilitating R&D discussions from various AOL BUs and IITs. Received “awesome”, “need to be done frequently” feedback from execs.

Planned, managed and executed AOL India Technology and Business Seminars (Samosa Fridays) impacting 300+ employees on a bi-weekly basis

AOL, Assoc. Technical Manager – Media Global Services
November 2007 - November 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Led Business Unit, reporting into VP and SVP. Responsible for technical delivery of projects, budgets and overall performance of team.

Supervised a team of 19 engineers (Dev and QA) and cross trained them to be multi-skilled. Coaching and people management enabled 21% promotions - highest rate for BU.

Technical management and delivery of changes to CMS modules used across 30+ AOL properties impacting 74MM unique visitors (year ending 2009).

Managed engineering for development and deployment of high scale and high performance Photos Publishing Platform.

Managed and Launched Pixcetera.com (rebranded as Exposure) - a one stop destination for all Photos experience across AOL. Oversaw international launch of Pixcetera (UK and AUS). Pulled in 4.5MM unique visits a month.