Radio One has elevated Shyju Varkey to Chief Skills Officer. He will also continue in his existing roles of Station Director Bangalore and National Marketing Head.
In his enhanced role, Varkey will look after ‘skill upgradation for people’ across markets and functions. He will use both internal and external mentors to create a platform for applied learning. The company will fund this skill upgradation programme to ensure people are well equipped in times of high competition and slow paced economic growth.
Speaking on the delevopment, Vineet Singh Hukmani, Managing Director, Radio One, said, “We have identified our stars within the system and are ensuring we retain, upgrade and reward quality people. Quantity has created many problems for the radio industry and that tends to encourage mediocrity and of course, it adds to cost. Our hunger for innovation and differentiation has helped us identify people across levels who are ready for the next level of growth.”
Radio One has trimmed down its manpower from 166 people last year to 118 people across seven markets.
The other key members of the ‘differentiation team’ are Anil Machado, who is the National Programming Head, Saurabh Sehgal, who was recently promoted to National Corporate Sales Head and Debojit Saha, who is the National Client Solutions Head.