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Buena Vista International announces organisational changes in APAC region

18-April-2007
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Buena Vista International announces organisational changes in APAC region

The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP) has incurred organisational changes within the Asia-Pacific Sales Team. Greg Johnson, VP, Sales, BVITV-AP, announced these changes in an official statement.

In the new structure, Amit Malhotra, hitherto BVITV’s Director-Sales, India, has been assigned the role of Regional Director-Sales, Pan-Asia, India and Singapore. The role of Mark Chan has expanded to Director-Sales, Greater China, while Ramez Sheikh has been promoted as Senior Manager-Sales, South-East Asia.

In his new position, in addition to overseeing BVITV’s India business, Malhotra’s role will be managing and enhancing the strategic relationships with Pan-Asian broadcasters, and BVITV’s distribution business in Singapore. Malhotra joined BVITV in 2004 as Manager-Sales, India, and was based in Mumbai. He will be relocating on June 1 this year to BVITV-AP’s regional head office in Hong Kong. A replacement in India is currently being sought.

Other announcements include the appointments of Shreya Kapdi, Assistant Manager-Client Development, India; and Karen Moon, Assistant Manager-Sales, South Korea. Both Kapdi and Moon will assume their roles with immediate effect. Kapdi will be responsible for managing existing client relationships and exploiting localisation opportunities in India. Kapdi will be based in Mumbai and report directly to Malhotra.

Commenting on the restructuring, Johnson said, “We have a very strong and dedicated sales team in Asia-Pacific that has been integral to the growth of our local businesses in the region and in fostering strong client relationships. Amit, Mark and Ramez are dynamic sales executives, and we are very pleased to be recognising their contributions made in the last few years. We’re also very excited to be expanding the team with Shreya and Karen who bring with them experience and knowledge in their local markets.”

Most recently, Chan served as Director-Sales, China, and was based in Beijing. He now adds to his function the Hong Kong and Taiwan distribution businesses with immediate effect. Chan joined BVITV in 2003 as Manager-Sales, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. He relocates to Hong Kong with immediate effect.

Sheikh was previously Manager-Sales, Indonesia and emerging markets, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Brunei. In addition to these markets, he will also cover BVITV’s distribution business across all platforms in Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines with immediate effect. Sheikh is based in Hong Kong.

“BVITV was the first US television distributor to expand regionally with six local offices in Asia-Pacific, and this restructuring further reflects our commitment to accelerate international growth and maintain our position as the leading US distributor of television content in Asia-Pacific,” added Johnson.

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