NDTV has announced three appointments to head the group’s new growth initiatives. NDTV Networks PLC, a 100 per cent subsidiary incorporated in the UK, has Vikram Chandra as its CEO and MD. On the other hand, Smeeta Chakrabarti and Rahul Deshpande have been respectively appointed as CEO of NDTV Lifestyle Ltd and NDTV Labs Ltd, which is a software and technology company. Both these companies are subsidiaries of NDTV Networks PLC.
Said NDTV Ltd Chairman Prannoy Roy, “With the rich experience of these people in broadcast media and their leadership experiences, the new appointments will help NDTV in its rapid growth phase. I wish them best of luck in their new roles.”
As CEO of NDTV Networks PLC, Chandra will steer the group’s new business initiatives worldwide comprising entertainment, lifestyle, convergence, outsourcing, new channels planned in different countries and software/technology development. All of them will be run as independent companies and will be managed and led by professional CEOs. He will report to Prannoy Roy and the Board of Directors of NDTV Networks.
Chandra has been leading the company’s growth initiatives for the last one year and has played a significant role in incubating several of these businesses. He has served as CEO of ndtv.com, the company’s Internet and mobile content operations, and as Managing Editor of NDTV Profit, the business news channel.
Chandra started his career as a reporter with Newstrack in 1991. He joined NDTV in 1995 and made a mark with his frontline reporting from Kargil and Siachen. He has anchored more than 1,000 hours of live coverage of elections, budgets and Indo-Pak summits.
He will continue as one of NDTV’s most experienced anchors and senior journalists. The World Economic Forum in Davos has honoured him as a ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’ in 2007.
As CEO of NDTV Lifestyle Ltd, Chakrabarti will be responsible for launching new channels in the genre of lifestyle. She has been with NDTV since its incorporation 18 years ago and has the reputation of having built the country’s finest production team. She will continue with her responsibilities as Head of Operations of NDTV Group.
Under Deshpande, NDTV Labs will develop market software and technology products and solutions. As CTO of NDTV, he has been heading Engineering and IT for over 12 years. Among other achievements under his belt, NDTV is one the first news broadcasters in the world to have a completely tape-less news acquisition facility.