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RC Venkateish quits ESPN Star Sports as MD

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RC Venkateish quits ESPN Star Sports as MD

RC Venkateish has put in his papers at ESPN Star Sports as Managing Director after a seven-year stint with the company. During his tenure, the sports broadcasting network had acquired big ticket properties like ICC World, Champions League T20 and the soccer World Cup. Venkateish had joined ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd as Managing Director in June 2003. A replacement for Venkateish hasn’t been found yet, but announcement will be made soon.

Confirming his movement, Venkateish said, “I will be taking a break for a month then will explore options in a similar space.”

Meanwhile, ESPN Star Sports India COO Vijay Rajput will act as General Manager of the broadcast company in the interim period till Venkateish’s successor is named. He will be overseeing the distribution, sales and marketing for the two network services – ESPN and STAR Sports – for the South Asia region covering India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives.

Venkateish has a strong consumer marketing background. Prior to this assignment, he had worked in senior management positions with leading companies such as Kellogg Japan, Kellogg India, the Gillette Co, Oral-B Laboratories and Nestle India. Vekateish has been credited with turning around the long ailing business of Kellogg India and building a platform for its sustained future growth, and developing the Oral-B brand from scratch in India to building it into a strong, premium and profitable franchise. While working with Nestle, Venktaeish was responsible for moving Nestle to a position of leadership in the coffee market.

He began his professional career as a management trainee with SmithKline Beecham, India. Venkateish holds a Post Graduate degree in management from the IIM, Calcutta and a BTech degree from IIT, Chennai.


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