In continuation of the aggressive growth strategy planned for its business in India, Turner has announced the promotions of some of its key team members – Siddharth Jain, Monica Tata and Rohit Suri.
Jain has been promoted to Vice-President and Deputy General Manager, Distribution & Business Operations, while Tata has been promoted to Vice-President and Deputy General Manager, Entertainment Networks. Suri has been elevated to the position of Executive Director, Human Resources.
Announcing these key promotions, Anshuman Misra, Managing Director, Turner International India Pvt Ltd, said, “We strongly believe that growth comes from within and leadership is paramount to drive idea generation, ensure immaculate execution, and to nurture talent. For accelerated and critical future growth in India, we have identified Siddharth and Monica, with their solid experience and proven track record in leading many success stories, to drive Turner India’s business to new heights in a market that is fast becoming our largest in the region.”
Jain in his new role has been entrusted with guiding Turner’s channels into the digital era. Leveraging his in-depth industry knowledge and market relationships, he will play a pivotal in the launch of the two new channels in 2008 – the Hindi general entertainment channel in joint venture with Alva Brothers, and the Hollywood movies and series channel in partnership with Warner Bros. Jain will continue to drive and manage the distribution for Turner Networks. He has been with Turner since November 1998 and was instrumental in setting up the company’s entire distribution network in India.
Expanding her portfolio, Tata is now responsible for steering all network initiatives and activities across Turner entertainment brands in South Asia. This includes supervision and development of Turner’s kids business (Cartoon Network, Pogo, Sesame India, original productions, animated theatrical features), enhancing the English entertainment business (HBO and the Hollywood movies and series channel in partnership with Warner Bros), the development of the Hindi GEC in joint venture with Alva Brothers, and other new initiatives.
Supporting Tata and Jain in the management position, Suri has been promoted to Executive Director, Human Resources. He has been with Turner since May 2005 and has contributed significantly to Turner’s HR activities and on going initiatives, the company said.