Vikas Grover has been appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) by OneWeb. Grover quit Vodafone recently after a stint of around a decade; he had joined Vodafone as Executive VP, Technology Planning, in June 2008, and got promoted to the Chief Information Officer in 2016, following the exit of then CIO Anthony Thomas, who subsequently joined General Electric (GE) as their India CIO.
DentsuWebchutney, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has appointed Ajay Ahluwalia as Executive Creative Director. He is based in the agency’s Gurgaon office. His last stint was with Contract Advertising where he handled brands, including Microsoft, Ten Sports and JK Tyres.
Vijay Subramaniam, Disney Media Networks head, is currently serving his notice period. He is expected to join Amazon Prime Video as content head.
Shouneel Charles has been appointed by Times Network as Senior Vice President, Digital. Before this appointment, Charles was heading the digital business at NDTV Convergence working as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Officer. He was instrumental in setting up a digital ecosystem, profitable internet and mobile-based business at NDTV. Working from Mumbai, Charles will report to MK Anand, Times Network’s MD and CEO.
Shiva Kirti Singh, retired Supreme Court judge, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Tarun Katial has been apponited by the Zee Group to lead the TV content production business at Essel Vision Productions Ltd (EVPL). Earlier, he was the chief executive officer of Reliance Broadcast Network. He will also spearhead Jaipur Studios, a studio facility developed by ZEEL. EVPL is the content production arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL). It is into the production of movies and TV shows. Katial will report to ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka, the source added.
Percept/H has appointed Arun Viswanath as Executive Creative Director. His main job is to lead agency’s key accounts creatively and adding new businesses to the agency portfolio.
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has appointed Leena Lele Dutta as Business Head for its newly launched kids’ channle Sony YAY! With over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, she will be spearheading the new channel and will be responsible for developing content and driving the channel’s reach and connect with its relevant target audience.
Zee Digital Convergence has appointed Divya Dixit as the head of marketing. Previously, she worked with LeEco India as the director of content marketing. At Zee Digital, Dixit will head digital marketing for Zee’s OTT platforms dittoTV and OZEE. She will report to digital head of Z5X (India) Archana Anand.
Ms Kanchan Prasad, Prasar Bahrti’s special correspondent in Dubai, has been appointed as Senior Administrative Grade Officer by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) on 28th March 2017. In accordance to the terms and conditions governing the appointment of an officer as Prasar Bharti’s special correspondent in abroad, she will be eligible to avail of the benefits of promotion to the post of ADG, which would have otherwise been due to her, after resuming duties in India.
Jagdish Chandra has got an additional responsibility as the CEO of DNA; he has been recently appointed as executive director of Zee Media Corporation Ltd’s (ZMCL) regional news channels. As CEO, Chandra will be responsible for the P&L of DNA.
Percept/H has appointed Maneeza Ahuja as Branch Head- Delhi; she will also have the additional responsibility of leading the North India portfolio of Percept One.
Rahul Chakravarti has been appointed as business head of Colors Bangla and Colors Odia, Viacom18 channels. Rahul has over 20 years of experience across FMCG, management consultancy and advertising, and has worked across multiple consumer focused categories in his career. Rahul will be responsible for driving ratings, developing innovative content and increasing the reach and share of voice of the channels in the markets.
Arnab Goswami has appointed another big name Major Gaurav Arya as Advisor- Defence and Strategy on March 15. Major (Retd) Gaurav Arya is a well known face on news channles during debates on defence and anti-terrorism matters. He writes about the Indian Defence Forces, national security, Pakistan, Kashmir, radical Islam and terrorism and is a passionate advocate of the soldier’s point of view. He is also a public speaker and travels across the country sensitizing the nation’s citizens about various national security issues that plague the country. Major Arya is slated to do a show for Republic around Defence and Strategy.
Avinash Joshi has left Reliance Jio and is joining Scanta as the Chief Marketing Officer. At Reliance Jio, he was AVP- Digital Marketing. Scanta specilaises in new media and is a mixed reality platform, merging digital & physical worlds to give unique user experiences. Joshi has over 18 years of experience in marketing and visual communications, and worked with Reliance Jio for nearly 2 years.
Anil Kumar has been appointed as executive VP, branch head –Delhi by Dentsu Webchutney, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network. He will report to Dentsu Webchutney CEO, co-founder Sidharth Rao and will lead key accounts like Airtel, IndusInd Bank, Canon, Tetra Pack, Hike, Payback, DS Group and ITC, among others. Kumar is a seasoned marketing professional with over 18 years of work experience with Indian ad agencies – FCB, Grey, TBWA, Contract and Lintas.
Discovery’s well known name Yuko Suguro has been appointed as Head of operations-Japan by TVT. At Discovery, Suguro was one of the team members who launched the channel in that region. She has twenty years of experience in operational and technical management.
Times Group has appointed media veteran Sudha Natrajan as Director-Response on 9th March. Sudha will work from Times Tower, Mumbai, and will report to Sivakumar Sundaram, President-Revenue. Previously, Sudha was revenue head of One India Alliance and head of business development and revenue at HT Media. Sudha has over 25 years of experience in various leadership roles including CEO at Lintas Initiative and Founder-Director at TMC Media.
Ben Pyne has spent almost his entire career at Disney Media. Now the Disney Media Distribution president has declared his plans to leave the iconic group. However, Pyne will continue through the summer to aide in the transition. Rosenblum said, “Ben’s reputation in our industry is second-to-none. What he’s built here at Disney, and what he’s been able to accomplish over the past 25 years, is truly remarkable. While we’ll be sad to see him leave, we’re excited to see what his next chapter holds.”
Varun Kohli, who was India News CEO, has now become CEO at iTV Network. Now, Kohli is supposed to look after India News, NewsX, NewsX HD and the digital assets. He will be instrumental for providing strategic direction, leading teams and strengthening revenues for the organisations.
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