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Hindustan Times appoints Sandip Ghosh as Head of Mumbai operations; Ranganathan Thota to take charge of new editions expansion plans

11-August-2005
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Hindustan Times appoints Sandip Ghosh as Head of Mumbai operations; Ranganathan Thota to take charge of new editions expansion plans

Sandip Ghosh, who joined HT Media Ltd (Hindustan Times) as Vice-President, Media Marketing, in June this year, has been designated as chief executive for the newspaper’s Mumbai operations. He is moving to Mumbai as Vice-President and Business Head, West and South.

He replaces Ranganathan Thota, who will move to Delhi as Head of Expansion Plan for New Editions. Ranga joined HT Media in mid-January, 2005, as Business Head (West and South). The changes take place with immediate effect.

Rajiv Verma, CEO, HT, commented, “Ranga’s core competency lies in bringing up new businesses. HT IPO has witnessed an unprecedented success and we want to put the available resources to productive use right away. Ranga will be responsible for that.”

He further said that the company had performed as per expectations in the Mumbai market and hence, there were big plans to beef up the operations.

Ghosh, who quit the ABP Group in December last year, was brought in to play a key role in HT’s Mumbai launch. The Mumbai edition of HT, under Ranga’s guidance, made a successful debut on July 14, 2005.

Significantly, HT made its launch ahead of projections in the country’s hottest print media market these days. Within two weeks of its launch, DNA also made its entry into the Mumbai print market.

Said Ghosh, “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received in the Mumbai market. We have met the consumer and market expectations, and there is a lot of hard work ahead. As far as print media is concerned, Mumbai is seeing a lot of action these days and I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

A qualified chartered accountant, Ghosh brings with him an experience of over 21 years in the corporate world. He started his career in 1983 with Hindustan Lever and spent 19 years there. He worked for various businesses at HLL, and in his last four years with Levers, he was Managing Director of Nepal Levers, a subsidiary of HLL.

Ghosh moved to ABP in 2002 as Vice-President. He was the Business Head for their two flagship English publications – ‘Businessworld’ and ‘The Telegraph’. He was instrumental in turning around ‘Businessworld’, which today is a leading business magazine. He was also instrumental in consolidating the leadership position of ‘The Telegraph’.

Ranga, an engineer and an MBA from Mumbai University, in his 16-year-plus career, has worked in frontline consumer companies like GE, Whirlpool and Pepsi. Before moving to HT, he was with Pentair Water, a US company selling water systems, as Head of Home Business and VP-Marketing for South Asia.

Prior to Pentair, Ranga had worked for three years in China. After joining contests2win in Mumbai as COO, he moved to China as COO, contests2win (China). Thereafter, he helped establish Mobile2win in China, a wireless marketing company in which Siemens was an investor, and was its CEO. Mobile2win had clients like Coke, McDonald’s, Nokia, and CNN among others.

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