Dilip Padgaonkar, the executive managing editor of Times of India, the editorial boss of the newspaper has quietly left the organization on November 30.
R Sundar, director Bennett Coleman, who heads the newly formed corporate group (the top body that acts as an enabler between the CEO and line organization) confirmed that Padgaonkar had indeed left the organization. Speaking to exchange4media Sundar said that Padgaonkar had retired on the expiry of his extended term.
The TOI management had not renewed Padgaonkar contract and his exist is been seen as part of the ongoing restructuring process in the organization. It was as part of this process that Bennett Coleman had recently brought in a top ad man and Deputy MD of Leo Burnett Rahul Kansal as Brand Director of TOI to oversee both content and brand aspects of the newspaper.
Meanwhile Padgaonkar departure has given rise to speculation about his probable successor. The next senior most editorial person at TOI who could replace Padgaonkar is executive editor Shekhar Bhatia. Two associates editor of the newspaper – Jug Suraiya and Dina Vakil who are the better-known faces of TOI could also be in the race for the top job.
Interestingly the top management sources in Bennett Coleman hinted that Padgaonkar could join back TOI, may be in the capacity of a consulting editor. Padgaonkar himself was however was not available for comment as he is reportedly away to France.