Rajesh Kamat is taking charge as CEO of CA Media, India, from July 2011. He will lead CA Media in establishing a diversified Indian media and entertainment company. CA Media will develop Indian operations principally in television and film content, family entertainment, digital media, sports and leisure, and education. Kamat will report to Paul Aiello, CEO of CA Media.
Commenting on Kamat coming on board, Aiello said, “Rajesh Kamat is one of the most talented executives in India, and he has consistently proven his ability to take risks, innovate, and create significant value. We’re excited to have him join CA Media as we work to create a business of scale that will take advantage of the changing landscape of the Indian media and entertainment industry. There is no one better qualified to lead this initiative than Rajesh, and his appointment reflects the importance CA Media places on India.”
Adding to this, Peter Chernin, Chairman of CA Media, said, “Rajesh has been a driving force for innovation in the India media space. India is one of the most exciting stories in global media today and we’re privileged to have him join our team.”
“My assignment to build CA Media’s India business provides me with a unique opportunity to capitalise on such trends as an entrepreneur, in partnership with global industry leaders like Peter and Paul,” said Kamat on his new role.
Kamat recently moved on from Viacom18 Group, where he was COO of the Group and CEO of Colors. In his three years at Viacom18, Kamat has been instrumental in launching Colors and rapidly taking it to a preeminent position in the Hindi general entertainment space, both in India and in more than 30 other countries where it is distributed. As COO of Viacom18, Kamat identified incremental growth areas for the overall group and last year formed Sun18, a pan-India television distribution joint venture.
Prior to joining Viacom18, Kamat was Managing Director of Endemol India, where he established the firm as one of India’s leading production houses. Previously, Kamat held positions with Coca-Cola and STAR India, of which Aiello was formerly CEO.
CA Media is a start-up company focused on building and investing in media businesses in India, China, and throughout Asia. CA Media was launched in November 2010 by The Chernin Group, a US-based entity founded by Peter Chernin. The Chernin Group manages, operates, and invests in businesses in the media, entertainment, and technology sectors. CA Media investors also include Allen & Company LLC, Brookside Capital (an affiliate of Bain Capital), Gordon Crawford, and Kimberly Querrey, among others.
Rajesh Kamat to leave Viacom18 to join Peter Chernin's 'CA Media' as India CEO