Web18, the digital content arm of Network18, has strengthened its leadership structure by elevating Durga Raghunath to CEO of Firstpost. She was earlier VP, Product and Executive News Producer for Firstpost.
This move is part of Web18’s progression towards a decentralised operating structure built around key strategic business units.
Commenting on this development, Lakshmi Narasimhan, CEO, Web18 said, “Durga has been the force behind Firstpost.com that has made it one of the most influential news products in the country in a short span of two years. As the product enters its next phase of growth and monetisation, it needs somebody with a deep understanding of digital news products and their business models to lead it. Durga fits the bill perfectly.”
Raghunath has over 10 years experience in publishing – both books and digital. She previously worked with the Wall Street Journal, Mint and HarperCollins in New York. She has an MBA from ISB and studied publishing at Columbia University. Durga joined Network18 two and a half years ago and conceptualised and launched Firstpost.
Speaking on her elevation, Raghunath said, “I’ve sat in front of a computer in a newsroom for two years, building an evolving brand. To be given the opportunity to step back and look at it in its entirety, is indeed very exciting.”
For the record, Firstpost is an online news and views website that is truly digital and accessible across platforms and devices. Built on the fundamentals of blogging and the quick post, user interaction, discussion and debate, Firstpost presents a digital newsroom powered by expert writer-editors across the country and the globe to capture a powerfully shifting news and media consumption reality.