UTV Software Communications Ltd has announced the appointments of three senior executives – Preneet Malhotra as CEO, UTV Interactive; Roma Patel as Group Director, Finance & Strategy, UTV; and Heather Saville as Group Human Resources Head. All three will report to CEO, Ronnie Screwvala.
Commenting on the appointments, Screwvala said, “As the media industry continues to change dramatically, we need to ensure that UTV is positioned to leverage its scale and strengthen its functional capabilities. We need leaders who excel in strategy as well as execution, and who thrive on implementing change swiftly and successfully. Preneet, Roma, and Heather each have met those needs throughout their careers.”
Malhotra brings in 20 years of experience with large global corporations in the US. She had spent the last seven years in Asia. As CEO of UTV Interactive, she will lead the gaming and animation business worldwide, which includes UTV Toons and UK-based console developer Ignition. Malhotra has worked with brands like PepsiCo, KFC, GAP, Hutchison's Watson's Group (HK). Her most recent assignment was as COO for Electronic Arts, Asia, where she was based in Hong Kong.
Patel, who joins as Group Director, Finance & Strategy, will be responsible for strategy, finance, legal and business development for the UTV Group. Patel has 15 years’ experience in corporate finance and strategic financial management. She has undertaken advisory, corporate development and chief financial officer roles within PriceWaterhouseCoopers, NatWest Group Plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, VT Group Plc, and most recently, at Skanska. She will be moving from the UK to Mumbai for her new assignment at UTV.
Saville, who joins as Group Human Resources Head, has spent her initial years with P&G, and then nearly a decade in advertising with McCann Erickson, JWT, and Lintas (Lowe) India, where she was Vice-President-HR prior to joining UTV.