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MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Mr. Punit Goenka, a young and dynamic professional with a strong entrepreneurial background, started
his career with Essel Group, a vibrant conglomerate with diversified business interests in media &
entertainment, infrastructure, and other leading sectors. Being the Managing Director and Chief
Executive Office of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Punit has been extremely successful in enhancing
the company’s performance and in driving the company towards its set goals.
Under his leadership, ZEE has achieved scores of milestones and prestigious awards, elevating the brand to a global cadre. Dun & Bradstreet – Rolta Corporate Award, BusinessworldInfocom ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s tenure. His futuristic vision and sharp acumen in the new media domain, has led the company to a global stature today. Punit is also responsible for expanding the company’s international presence across 171 countries, and its reach to over 1 billion viewers.
Punit is also listed amongst the top 100 CEOs of India, in a study published by Business Today. He has also received the prestigious Economic Times ’40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award and has bagged the prestigious IAA Leadership Award under the category of “Media Person of the Year Award”. Punit has been awarded the esteemed Medaille d’Honneur Award at MIPTV and has been recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. For his immense contribution to the media and entertainment industry, Punit has also been felicitated as the “Impact Person of the Year”.
Managing Director, Star India
A post graduate from IIM Calcutta, he brings in more than 20 years of experience across various aspects of marketing and sales in major consumer industries. Prior to Star, Sanjay was the Chief Marketing Officer with Bharti Airtel where he was instrumental in driving marketing, sales and distribution for the $6 bn mobile business. Before Bharti, he was with Hindustan Unilever where he drove marketing for two of its largest segments; Oral care and Home care and worked with powerful consumer brands like Close-up, Pepsodent, Wheel, Vim and Domex at HUL.
Sanjay had been Star Network’s Chief Operating Officer from 2009 and its Managing Director from 2016. He oversees the operations of its portfolio of over 25 channels and its movies business, Fox Star Studios, which is jointly owned by Star India and 21st Century Fox. Sanjay has been a primary driver of Star’s growth story by exploring new content genres, introducing multiple platforms for content delivery and expanding the portfolio of channels. He brought in a fresh perspective to Hindi General Entertainment, when he led the refresh of Star Plus brand identity. He has been instrumental in expanding traditional television content to digital platforms through Hotstar and StarSports.com, spearheading the growth of HD channels and creating India’s first media company with a completely digitized back end. He has been deeply involved in key milestones for the sports business: rebranding of the Star Sports portfolio, sports content acquisition and re-invention of a range of new sports to the country through the launch of domestic leagues like Pro Kabaddi League.
He thrives on the changing and challenging dynamics of the media business and is constantly on the look-out for the next big leap for Star, which will set the benchmark for the industry. He is married to Ruchi. Their son Aman; is 17 years old.
Chairperson & Managing Director
B.A.G Films & Media Ltd.
Senior Journalist, Commentator
Firstpost & BBC Radio
Editor-in-Chief & Founder
Editor-in-Chief & Founder, GoNews
Pankaj is presently the Editor-in-Chief & Founder of GoNews. He is a print and broadcast journalist with more than three decades of editorial and management experience in print and electronic media across three continents. He has worked in Delhi, London, Boston and Hong Kong with leading news organisations such as NDTV, BBC (UK), Public Radio International (US), India Today (India and UK), The Sunday Observer and The Patriot. His espousal of free, secular and progressive journalism as a reporter, TV anchor and editor based in South-East Asia, Europe, the United States and India has won him several national and international journalism awards.
For over two years, he worked as the Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, assisting his office in managing national and international media. During his tenure with the Prime Minister’s Office, he has designed and executed media strategy across various platforms for international events like the G20 Summits, ASEAN Summit, BRICS Summits, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Nuclear Security Summit, NAM Summit and BIMSTEC meeting of Heads of Nations besides Bilateral Summits with the US, China, Russia, Germany, Brazil, UK and Iran among other countries.
He has a wide knowledge of one of the most robust media environment in the world and understanding of the challenges and complexities of economic and social transformation of this sector. He has been speaking at several eminent institutions like Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, IIT-B,IIM-C and IIT-D on media and communications. He has also been a member on the Governing Councils of Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Jamia Millia Islamia's MCRC.
Managing Editor, NDTV
Sreenivasan been associated with NDTV since 1995, reporting on virtually every major national and international story, as well as anchoring prime time news shows like Star News Sunday, the 9pm News, and Witness. He specializes in reportage on national politics, political economy and investigations. He has covered the Afghanistan war, the Sri Lanka conflict, and the US Presidential elections. From 2003-2011, he was heading NDTV’s operations in Mumbai, where he made a mark for his coverage of the 26/11 terrorist attack on the city.
Sreenivasan has received numerous national and international awards including the Ramnath Goenka Award, the Indian Television Academy Award, and the World Silver Medal at the New York Festivals.
Currently he reports and presents Truth vs Hype on NDTV 24x7, a ground – zero reportage based news documentary, and Power of One on NDTV Profit, where he interviews key political, government and business leaders.
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