N Dilip Venkatraman has decided to move on from his role as CEO of CNN-IBN and IBN7 in order to pursue his entrepreneurial interests. During his eight-year stint, Venkatraman has managed a variety of mandates on the general news side of the group. Prior to his current role, he led marketing operations for CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat and also managed IBN Focus, the customised media solutions unit for these news channels. Ajay Chacko, COO, Network18 will oversee the operations of the IBN News Network in the interim.
Speaking on this development, B Sai Kumar, Group CEO, Network18 said, “Dilip has played a pivotal role in building our general news network, right from the outset. Today, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat are benchmark brands in the general news space and Dilip has contributed significantly to laying such a strong foundation for the future. We thank him for his invaluable contribution and commitment to the group.”
Commenting on this, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-In-Chief, IBN News Network added, “Dilip’s passion and leadership has been instrumental in making the IBN News Network into one of the most trusted news voices in the country today. He has been a great colleague and we wish him the very best for his future endeavours.”
Venkatraman added here, “The past few years have been one of the most fulfilling and exciting phases of my professional career. I’m thankful to all my colleagues who have been a part of this enriching journey and I now look forward to taking on newer challenges.”
Venkatraman has over two decades of corporate experience. Prior to joining TV18, he held leadership positions at the India Today Group and Zee Network.