IMPACT Person of the Year has had an illustrious list of winners. e4m profiles the dynamic industry leaders who have been awarded the IMPACT Person of the Year from 2005 to 2010…
Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India - Winner 2010
An M.Phil in Economics from the University of Delhi, and a journalism graduate from The Times of India Media School, Uday Shankar started his career as a journalist for the Times of India. He served as head of Sahara TV’s news television business, and was the head of the news channel Aaj Tak for four years. It has been a spectacular rise for him after he joined the Star network as CEO of the Star News channel. In 2006, he became the CEO of Star TV India and oversaw Star TV’s business ventures in India. While ensuring that Star’s market grew exponentially, he has also succeeded in keeping the flagship channel at No. 1 one spot.
Rajesh Kamat, CEO, CA Media (Then CEO, Colors) - Winner 2009
Rajesh Kamat was recently appointed the CEO of CA Media, India. He moved from Viacom18 Group, where he was COO of the Group and CEO of Colors. In his three years at Viacom18, he was instrumental in launching Colors and rapidly taking it to a pre-eminent position in the Hindi GEC space, both in India and more than 30 other countries where it is distributed. As COO, he identified incremental growth areas for the overall group and last year, formed Sun18, a pan-India television distribution joint venture. Prior to Viacom18, he was MD of Endemol India, where he established the firm as one of India’s leading production houses. Previously, he held positions with Coca-Cola and STAR India.
Lalit Modi, former Commissioner, Indian Premier League - Winner 2008
Lalit Modi is credited with the creation and success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). As Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL from 2008 to 2010, he took the T-20 format of the game to a new high. Through heavy marketing, celebrity involvement and player auctions, he transformed the sport and built the IPL into a $4 billion a year business with games viewed by up to 200 million people. Earlier, in 1986, he had joined Geoffrey Philips India Ltd, rising through the ranks to be Executive Director. Before the launch of IPL in 2008, Modi was Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Raghav Bahl, Founding/ Controlling shareholder & Managing Director - Network18 was given an Editorial Choice IPOY Award, 2008
Instrumental in crafting successful joint ventures with media giants such as NBC Universal, Viacom, Time Warner, Forbes, A&E Networks and GS Homeshopping (Korea), Raghav Bahl is the Founder, Controlling Shareholder and Managing Director of Network18. He began his career as a management consultant with AF Ferguson & Co followed by a stint with American Express Bank. He has over 22 years of experience in television and journalism. He founded TV18 (now Network18 Group) in 1993. In a short span of 18 years, Network18 has achieved a market capitalisation in excess of $0.50 billion.