Former Viacom 18 Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Sidharth Kedia joins Nodwin Gaming as CEO

Kedia will be based out of Mumbai where he will open the first regional office for the esports firm

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Updated: Dec 3, 2019 10:46 AM

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Sid Kedia

Former Viacom 18 Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Sidharth Kedia, has joined esports company Nodwin Gaming as CEO to spearhead and drive the online gaming business in India.
Kedia will be based out of Mumbai where he will open the first regional office for Nodwin Gaming.

His last stint before joining Nodwin Gaming was with Viacom 18 as Deputy Chief Commercial Officer. He was entrusted with the additional charge to head Corporate Strategy, M&A and Data Sciences at Viacom18.

Announcing the news, Akshat Rathee, Founder and Managing Director of Nodwin Gaming said, “It's an exciting time for the firm as the overall e-sports scene in India is on the cusp of exponential growth. We are thrilled to have Sid joining us as the CEO at this time. With his rich experience in the media, entertainment, technology, and investment sectors coupled with his in-depth understanding of the gaming space and his proficiency in scaling businesses, I'm confident his leadership will provide the fuel that will propel e-sports and Nodwin Gaming to the next level. We wish him all the best. The CEO function will continue to report to the Managing Director and the Board.”

On his appointment, Kedia said: “In today's age of digital disruption where several of our cultural experiences are undergoing an online evolution, e-sports has become an unequivocal buzzword. The gaming business in India is finally coming of age. The journey of e-sports that began as a virtual battle between geeky gamers in the confines of their homes or cybercafés a decade ago, is no longer just fun and games but has evolved into a major organized sport recognized at the Asian Games and even the Olympics. I am equally enthusiastic and anxious as I take up my new role as CEO and aim to make Nodwin Gaming a global player when it comes to e-sports.”

Kedia started his career in Information Systems Advisory with Ernst & Young in 1998. He then joined General Electric’s Finance Management Programme (run by Crotonville, US) in 1999 and then moved to a Black Belt (6 Sigma) role in GE Consumer Finance in Mumbai in 2002.

In May 2007, he co-founded Ambit Pragma Ventures in Mumbai – a private equity fund.

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