The leading smartphone advertising platform for mobile games, POKKT has recruited top talents to strengthen its leadership team. The list of new hires includes Siddharth Kelkar as VP & business head – Performance Advertising, Shrikant Rajemahadik as global head – Publisher Acquisition, Wayne Li as GM – Programmatic in Singapore, and David Zenna as GM – Programmatic Sales in the US.
Lawo, renowned German manufacturer of pioneering audio and video broadcast equipment, has appointed Joffrey Heyraud to drive sales growth in the French market. With 15 years’ experience in IP-centric radio and TV applications, Heyraud has a wide-ranging knowledge of both broadcast and IT industries. Prior to this move, he was employed by Digigram to develop business in Asia.
Ashok Venkatramani, former ABP News Network CEO, has been appointed as director by Chrome Data Analytics & Media. Venkatramani has experience in sales, marketing and general management roles in the FMCG and broadcasting sectors.
Ashish Bagga, India Today Group CEO, has resigned. He served the group for 15 years. Bagga was a key player in forging strong relationships between the India Today Group and international media groups such as US-based Hearst Corp, Germany’s Axel Springer and Daily Mail of UK.
All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF), the apex body of digital cable television players, has appointed Rajan Gupta (MD – Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited, Chairman & Non-Executive Director –GTPL Hathway Limited), as the new President of the Federation. This change has been made as TS Panesar (CEO Video Business – Hathway Digital Pvt. Ltd.) the erstwhile President, has resigned from his post at Hathway.
Vivendi, a French multinational mass media conglomerate, has appointed Amos Genish as General Manager at Telecom Italia. Telecom Italia said current CEO and general manager Flavio Cattaneo would leave both roles by the end of July.
Bharat Kedia has replaced Mihir Modi as chief financial officer (CFO) of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL). Mihir is expected to oversee the new venture investments and incubation of ZEEL including the recently acquired tech start-up Margo Networks and Bangalore-based Tagos Design Innovations, an in-video discovery platform.
The social media giant Facebook has appointed Rachel Whetstone as vice-president of communications for its platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Earlier, she worked with Uber as top public relations executive. She left Uber in April following a string of corporate scandals.
Rajesh Sethi has been re-designated as chief business transformation officer (CBTO) by Essel Group-owned MSO Siti Networks. In June, Rajesh Sethi had replaced VD Wadhwa as the new head of Siti Networks and had been designated as the executive director and CEO of the company. In end May, Siti had approved the re-appointment of Wadhwa as executive director of the company for a period of three years from 12 August.
Himanshu Patil, Videocon d2h’s chief operating officer (COO), has resigned to start his own tech venture Cloudpoint Technologies Ltd. Having three decade long experience, Patil is a senior pay TV professional.
Joe Welch, 21st Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Asia Pacific region, has been appointed as chairman of CASBAA Board of Directors. Welch is responsible for supporting the public policy and regulatory advocacy efforts of 21st Century Fox’s business units across the region. Previously, he served as MCI WorldCom’s Asia Director of Government Affairs and earlier was an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. He holds a BA from Amherst College and a JD from Santa Clara University in California.
Discovery Communications Chief Financial Officer Gunnar Wiedenfels has announced a strategic expansion of its global investor relations leadership team. Andrew Slabin will join the company in a newly created role as Executive Vice President, Global Investor Strategy and Jackie Burka has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Investor Relations.
BARC India, TV viewership measurement provider, has appointed Rohit Sharma as the business head for its TV business and Kumar Rao as the chief of measurement science; the two will be based out of BARC India’s Mumbai office.
Rohit Jain, Videocon d2h deputy chief executive officer, has resigned; he had contributed immensely in growing the direct-to-home (DTH) company to a value of over $1 billion. In 2010, he had joined Videocon d2h as deputy CEO.
Laxmi Akkaraju has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer by London-based telecom group GSMA. He will join on Sep 1. Earlier, he had worked with EVRY as a senior vice president. At GSMA, he will report to director general Mats Granryd.
Dinesh Malkani, Cisco India President, has resigned. He is expected to join a startup soon, though he will remain with Cisco till the end of September. As a matter of fact, Cisco is a key player in the 'Digital India' mission in the country. The company is engaged in 50 digitisation projects and is working with six states on various digitisation initiatives.
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