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Changes at Viacom18: Rajesh Kamat made Group COO; Change of guard at MTV

19-January-2010
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Changes at Viacom18: Rajesh Kamat made Group COO; Change of guard at MTV

Viacom18 has announced some key changes in its organisation structure. Rajesh Kamat has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Viacom18 Group. In his new role, Kamat will oversee network functions of Viacom18 and Viacom18’s growth ventures, while continuing his role as Colors’ CEO. Kamat would continue to report into Haresh Chawla, Group CEO, Viacom18.

Ashish Patil is moved from MTV to Kamat’s team as Sr. VP- New Ventures and GM - Youth Movies. In his new role he would work with Rajesh on exploring growth opportunities for Viacom18.

INX Media’s Vikas Verma has joined Viacom18’s youth channel, as the head of Creative & Content – brand MTV.

In a prepared statement, Haresh Chawla, Group CEO – Viacom18, said, “The last 24 months have been very exciting for Viacom18, and all our brands (Colors, MTV, Nick and Vh1) have ended year 2009, at the Number 1 spot in their respective categories. As we move into our next phase of growth, it’s critical to have a structure that supports our ambitions and fuels expansion.”

He added: “Given what Rajesh has accomplished with Colors, I am confident of his abilities to not only seek newer growth avenues for Viacom18 but also consolidate our network functions.”

Speaking of the change of guard at MTV, Chawla said, “Over the last four years, Ashish has done a great job of transitioning MTV from a music channel to a dominant youth entertainment channel, and how he hands over the mantle to Vikas to further deepen and enrich our offerings.”

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