Adille Sumariwalla, Chairman and Managing Director of Clear Channel in India and Head of the Clear Channel Mudra JV, has decided to move on and has put in his papers after an eight-year long stint, as of March 31, 2013.
During his tenure, he built a formidable team of professionals. He and his team have worked with various brands such as Standard Chartered Bank, L&T Limited, Tata Motors, Tata Ventures, Tata Housing, Yahoo India, Volkswagen, Godrej security solutions, Big Bazar, ICICI Prudential, InOrbit Mall, Honda 2 Wheelers, etc.
Previous to Clear Channel, he worked with Mid-Day for several years, and as Group Director Corporate and Outdoor, he spearheaded new initiatives of the company in the space of radio, internet, print and was entrusted the task of setting up the OOH Division in 1997, which then merged its OOH operations with Clear Channel India in 2004. Presently, he is a Director on the Board of Next Media Works (formerly Mid-Day Multimedia) and SE TransStadia.
He started his professional career with Tata Engineering and Locomotive (now Tata Motors) where he worked for 15 years in various capacities, after which he was appointed as the founding CEO of the The Asian Age Newspaper in 1994.
He holds a Master’s degree in Commerce (Management) from University of Bombay, and an Executive MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila.
This world-class athlete, who represented India at the Olympic Games at Moscow, an Asian medalist, is the recipient of India’s highest honour for sportspersons – the Arjuna Award, from the President of India. He has recently been elected President of the Athletics Federation of India.