Press release

1 August 2016

1 August 2016

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Ajay Chowdhury as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. His appointment is for a three year term from 1 August 2016.

Ajay Chowdhury is Partner and Managing Director at BCG Digital Ventures. He was formerly 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 (IDGVE), 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, Ajay 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 ISPs. He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council and has been Non-Executive Director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Ajay joins the Board of Trustees in the midst of Historic Royal Palaces’ busy summer season. Lost Palace, an interactive experience at the Banqueting House, has just launched in time for summer, offering visitors the chance to virtually explore the lost palace of Whitehall. The Magic Garden, an adventure play garden inspired by Tudor history recently opened at Hampton Court Palace and is proving extremely popular with visitors and members. In addition, a wide range of fun, family-friendly events and activities are on offer across the palaces during the school holidays, including an archaeological dig at Hillsborough Castle, digital missions at Hampton Court and a Georgian garden party at Kensington Palace.

“I am delighted to welcome Ajay Chowdhury to the Board of Trustees. Ajay brings considerable experience and expertise to the Board, which will surely prove a great asset to the charity as it pursues its ambitious goals in the years ahead.”

Rupert Gavin, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces

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