DreamWorks Animation Names Abhijay Prakash Chief Operating Officer

Exec most recently served as COO of Universal’s Focus Features

DreamWorks Animation has named Focus Features’ Abhijay Prakash chief operating officer, the studio announced on Friday.

Prakash most recently served as COO at Focus Features, another Universal film division, and will transition to DreamWorks in the coming weeks, while continuing to provide support for Focus through the rest of the year and awards season.

In his new role, Prakash will oversee studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations, including finance, business development, technology and administrative functions.

The appointment was announced by DreamWorks Animation Group President Chris deFaria.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Chris and the leadership team at DreamWorks and look forward to this opportunity to grow the business during such an exciting time at the studio,” Prakash said in a statement.

“I want to thank my long-time friends and colleagues, Peter Kujawski and Robert Walak, as well as the exceptional Focus team.  I take an enormous amount of pride in all of our accomplishments over the last couple of years and take on this new role knowing how well-positioned Focus is for continued success.”

“On behalf of the amazing team of artists, filmmakers, and executives at DreamWorks, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Abhijay to our leadership team as the next chapter of this legendary studio takes shape,” said deFaria. “Abhijay is one of the most respected executives in the Universal family, recognized for his integrity, business acumen, and most recently for his invaluable contributions to Focus Features, and we look forward to working with him to strategically grow and expand this beloved brand.”

Prior to his role at Focus Features, Prakash served as executive vice president, film strategy & operations for Universal.

He previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group and also held other positions in media and worked as a public policy researcher.