Karan Bajaj quits as Head of Discovery Communications India

He joined the company in 2016 as Head of India and South Asia at Discovery Network

Sonam Saini 21-September-2018

Karan Bajaj has quit as Head of Discovery Communications India. 
JB Perrette, President and CEO of Discovery Network International, sent an official mail to the India team saying, “I want to let you know that Karan has decided to move on to pursue his own entrepreneurial ambitions. Karan has embodied many of our company’s guiding principles...purposeful as he passionately lead a bold wing to create a new type of purpose driven GE channel in India with Jeet; a creative dreamer who believed we could invest in a great team, one who could take our small kids channel from the lowest rankings to being a top three kids network; consumer obsessed by launching new digital products that focus on making our brands and content more relevant to India’s exploding digital consumers.” 
"I want to thank Karan for his dedication and contributions to Discovery over the last two years and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his next chapter," further read the mail by Perrette. 

Commenting on the replacement, Perrette wrote, "Karan has agreed to continue to stay in his current role and lead our India team and business until we select a replacement, so for the next few months it will be business as usual.” 
Bajaj joined Discovery India in 2016 as head of India and South Asia at Discovery Networks.

Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Sonam reports on the broadcast media and Out of Home (OOH) industry. She has worked across television and cable industry, and in the past has written for travel and lifestyle magazines.

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Cargill appoints Piyush Patnaik as MD for oils business in India

Patnaik will be taking over from Deoki Muchhal, who left the organisation after 15 years.

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Cargill has announced the appointment of Piyush Patnaik as Managing Director of its oils business in India. Patnaik will be taking over from Deoki Muchhal, who left the organisation after 15 years.

Patnaik brings over 18 years of in-depth industry experience. Most recently, he was the strategy and business development head for Cargill’s oils business in India. Patnaik joined Cargill in 2006 and has held key positions in various functions including procurement, sales, business development, M&A and supply chain management. He then led the soya and palm product line for the business in India in 2013, where he helped build the company’s successful consumer business and go-to-market strategy. Patnaik helped grow market share, profitability and expand the product portfolio into multiple new application categories and facilitated further investment into the business, the company said in a statement.  Prior to joining Cargill, Patnaik worked with large consumer companies including Coca-Cola and Dabur.

Commenting on his appointment, Patnaik, said, "Over the last 13 years that I have been working with Cargill, I have seen the company achieve many milestones in its journey of becoming the leader in nourishing people. Cargill’s oil business in India has thrived under many inspiring leaders and it is a privilege for me to now lead this winning team. I look forward to building upon our accomplishments and help better serve our consumers and stakeholders."

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Raj Nayak steps down as COO of Viacom18

Nayak could not be reached for comments, however, media reports have cited that he has put in his papers

exchange4media Staff 7 hours ago

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Raj Nayak, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Viacom18, has reportedly decided to move on. Nayak could not be reached for comments, however, media reports have cited that he has put in his papers.

With a career spanning over 25 years, Nayak has turned around the fortunes of several media companies in the television industry. 

Known for his creative and business acumen, Nayak steered Viacom18 flagship brand Colors to the leadership position as its CEO for over 7 years. During this period, he is known to have taken bold decisions: greenlit some of the biggest cutting-edge shows on Indian television such as the Indian version of Hollywood blockbuster 24, first scripted fiction show Amna Samna, Madhubala, Udaan, Ashoka, Shakti, Naagin, The Anupam Kher Show, Mission Sapne, Rising Star (India’s first live interactive reality show), The Golden Petal Awards, The Indian Television Awards, The Colors Stardust Awards, IIFA and Filmfare Awards.

As per industry sources, a recent reshuffling of portfolios could perhaps be one of the reasons for Nayak quitting.  

Before joining Viacom18, Nayak formed Aidem Ventures, an independent media consulting and sales & marketing company. Prior to forming his own venture, Nayak was the CEO of NDTV Media Limited for a period of over seven years. He was the founding member of the Star TV Group in India, where he spent close to 10 years. As the Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, he was responsible for strategy, packaging and marketing for all Star channels as also the revenue for the group.
 

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Tarun Rai is now the Chairman & Group CEO of J. Walter Thompson South Asia

Rai oversees multiple countries with full-service agencies and digital companies including specialised divisions such as Shopper, Rural, Events, Design, Production and Social

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J. Walter Thompson re-designates Tarun Rai as the Chairman & Group CEO of J. Walter Thompson South Asia.

Tamara Ingram, Global CEO, J. Walter Thompson said, “Tarun’s new title accurately reflects his responsibilities. He oversees multiple countries with full-service agencies and digital companies including specialised divisions such as Shopper, Rural, Events, Design, Production and Social. Over the last three years, Tarun has ensured that all of these companies and divisions are integrated seamlessly to deliver the best communication solutions to our clients.”

Commenting on the news, Tarun Rai, Chairman & Group CEO, J Walter Thompson South Asia said, “Our clients are increasingly asking for integrating their brand communication across various touch points and platforms. What puts the JWT group at an advantage is that we have many specialised companies and divisions in the group but a single P&L. This makes us platform agnostic and allows us to focus on only the client and brand communication needs. I am lucky to have extremely talented and capable leaders of our various group companies, divisions and functions.” 
 
J Walter Thompson Group in South Asia includes India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It has three mainline agencies – J Walter Thompson, Contract and ADK Fortune; 2 digital agencies - Mirum and Hungama Digital Services; Design - Design Sutra; Shopper marketing, events and experiential marketing agency - Geometry Global Encompass India.
 

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Tejkaran Singh Bajaj of ZEE5 resigns

At ZEE5, Bajaj served for more than a year creating a 20-member creative and production team across six languages and mentored them to develop and execute original content

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Tejkaran Singh Bajaj, Head - Original Content, ZEE5 has quit the orginasation, confirm industry sources. Bajaj worked with the OTT paltform for more than a year. We have dropped a message to ZEE5 who didn’t respond at the time of filing the story.

At ZEE5, he created a 20-member creative and production team across six languages (Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali) and mentored them to develop, execute and market premium original content including big-budget shows like  'Karenjit Kaur,' 'Lockdown', 'Life Sahi Hai 2' among others for digital.

Prior to this he was with Maxus for four years where he held multiple positions. He served as the Senior Creative Director (West & South) from ’15 to ’17 and Creative Director (West) from ’13 to ’15.

Prior to this he has worked at Miditech, NDTV and Aquarius Productions.

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Makani bags creative duties for Pepe Jeans London’s innerwear

Pepe Jeans has, for the first time, appointed an Indian agency for its creative duties

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Makani Creatives has acquired the creative mandate for Pepe Jeans Londons' innerwear launch in India amidst a multi-agency pitch. The brand has, for the first time, appointed an Indian agency for its creative duties for their upcoming campaign, including ads, packaging and catalogs.

Talking about the win, Sameer Makani, CMD of Makani Creatives, said, “Pepe Jeans London has coloured the streets blue with its denims for the last two decades. Now it is ready to offer more –and we are thrilled to be the first Indian agency to conceptualize and package the launch of their innerwear category in India. Watch out for the campaign!”

Suresh Nambiar, CEO, Pepe Jeans Innerfashion, said, “Fashion & comfort is at the core of the Pepe Jeans DNA. Extending our casual wear expertise in the innerwear category is only a natural progression for the brand and we feel that with this initiative, the brand connect (with the consumer) will only get stronger. We are happy to have partnered with the creative mavericks of Makani for the launch of our new category.”

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Social Kinnect appoints Bharat Suri as VP-Operations

Bharat Suri has worked with giants such as LinkedIn, BuzzLogic, Adify Corporation and Red McCombs Media

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Digital marketing agency Social Kinnect has announced the appointment of Bharat Suri as Vice President of Operations.

Suri is a key hire at this stage of Social Kinnect’s expansion, the agency said in a statement. As the head of operations, he will drive optimised, technology-fuelled efficiency and further growth for Social Kinnect.

Having formerly worked with giants such as LinkedIn in India and BuzzLogic, Adify Corporation and Red McCombs Media in San Francisco, Suri has over 15 years of experience across online media, e-commerce, social media, mobile, programmatic and technology. His consultative approach to people management and problem solving make him the right fit for this role, the agency said. Suri will be working closely with Chandni Shah, Co-founder and COO of Social Kinnect.

Commenting on Bharat’s appointment, Shah said, “Social Kinnect is currently experiencing an extreme growth phase. We are confident that Bharat’s immense experience and expertise in people management, process creation and technology adoption will help us operate at the level of any world-class organisation. We are excited to have him on board and wish him a long and successful stint at Social Kinnect. ”

Discussing his new role, Suri said, “I am really excited to be one of the young and dynamic Kinnectors! I have been following the excellent work done by the agency across various domains and industry verticals. One meeting with Rohan and Chandni, and I felt aligned with their vision for the company. The growth trajectory that the company has charted for itself is exceptional and I am delighted help take this story to new heights.”

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OYO Hotels appoints ex-IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh as CEO, India & South Asia

Aditya Ghosh credited with turning IndiGo into one of the largest and the most profitable airline in India.

exchange4media Staff 5 days ago

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Hospitality start-up OYO Hotels has appointed former IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for India and South Asia market. The appointment will reportedly come into effect from December 1, 2018. He will be reporting to Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of OYO Ritesh Agarwal.

Announcing the appointment Agarwal tweeted:

 

Ghosh is credited with turning IndiGo into one of the largest and the most profitable airline in India. He stepped down in July this year. 

On Ghosh’s appointment, media reports quoted Agarwal as saying, “His business acumen, his problem-solving capabilities, and his customer-centric approach to innovation that helped him build an influential brand that is loved by all and makes him an excellent choice for OYO Hotels.”

Ghosh reportedly said, “What excites me the most about OYO Hotels is the company’s single-minded focus to deliver value to customers and asset owners. To achieve that we need to continue to foster a culture that attracts the best and brightest minds, and I am very proud to have been given a chance to partner in this effort.”
 

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Hill+Knowlton wins communications mandate for Discovery Communications India

The mandate was awarded to Hill+Knowlton Strategies following a multi-agency pitch

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After a competitive multi-agency pitch, Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been awarded the communications mandate for the country’s leading infotainment player – Discovery Communications India and its portfolio of channels in India including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Discovery JEET, Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World and Discovery Tamil. The appointment will see Hill+Knowlton Strategies rollout strategic communications solutions for the network’s channels to drive greater engagement with viewers across India.

Confirming the appointment, Sameer Bajaj, Director, Corporate Communications & External Affairs, Discovery Communications India, said, “We are delighted to partner with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, India as our strategic communications partner to deliver our vision as a brand, better engage with viewers and drive our narrative in a more compelling manner. Their strong experience in media & entertainment, in-depth understanding of our market requirements and passion gave us the confidence to award them this mandate. I believe, together as a team, we will further strengthen the Discovery brand in India.”

Commenting on the win, Kavita Rao, President & CEO, India, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, said, “We are thrilled that Discovery Communications has chosen us to partner them in managing their strategic communications of their corporate brand as well strong portfolio of brands in the country. With committed teams and our in-depth domain knowledge and experience across sectors, H+K India is well positioned to drive the desired impact and outcome for Discovery Communications India.”

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Raymond Apparel Limited appoints Nirvik Singh as new Chairman

Anshu Sarin and Gautam Trivedi have been appointed as new directors on the board

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Continuing with the transformation journey as Raymond Reimagined, Raymond Apparel Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond Limited has appointed Nirvik Singh as the Non - Executive Chairman and has inducted Anshu Sarin and Gautam Trivedi as new board members.

Demonstrating the spirit of good governance and ensuring the business is being run professionally, Gautam Hari Singhania has stepped down from the position of the Chairman and paved way for Nirvik Singh to take charge as the Non - Executive Chairman of Raymond Apparel Limited. However, Gautam Hari Singhania continues to be on the board of Raymond Apparel Limited. Anshu Sarin has joined the Board as a Non-executive Director along with Gautam Trivedi who has joined the Board as an Independent Director.

Operating in the space of branded apparel, Raymond Apparel Limited continues to grow its market share and offer the full wardrobe solution to the discerning consumer with its ready to wear power brands such as Park Avenue, Color Plus, Parx and Raymond Ready to Wear. With a focus on product innovations and go to market strategy, Raymond Apparel Limited will utilize the immense experience and relevant skill sets of the new members on the board.

Commenting on the appointments, Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Limited said; “I have always believed in setting the highest standard of governance and have always advocated running the business professionally. I am delighted that Nirvik Singh has been appointed as the Non - Executive Chairman of Raymond Apparel Limited and I am sure that the company will benefit tremendously under his able leadership. I also welcome Anshu Sarin and Gautam Trivedi as new board members of Raymond Apparel Limited.”

Raymond Apparel Limited continues to expand its retail footprint with a high focus on MBO channel penetration, enhancing in-house retail experience and omnichannel growth strategy along with strengthening the consumer engagement programmes across platforms.

Having registered the growth of 15% during the last quarter over the previous year, Raymond Apparel Limited is poised to achieve a strong growth with the infusion of industry veterans in the forthcoming quarters. Nirvik is a 27-year marketing and communication industry veteran and is currently the Chairman & CEO, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa of Grey Group Asia Pacific. He began his career with Lipton India, a Unilever company and became the head of Grey Group India at the age of 33.

He has received the Bharat Nirman Rattan Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to India by the National Integration and Economic Council, among many other honors. Nirvik joined the Board of Raymond Apparel Limited in July 2011 and has since remained as an Independent Director on the Board.

Anshu is the Chief Executive Officer of Berggruen Hotels and plays a central role in growing and expanding the Keys Hotels business across India. Anshu is a qualified Hotel Management graduate from IHM Pusa and holds an EMBA degree from S.P Jain Institute. She has previously worked with the Taj Group of Hotels and Kingfisher Airlines, in a career spanning nearly two decades.

Gautam Trivedi is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Nepean Capital. Gautam has over 26 years of experience in the Indian and Asian financial industry. He was the CEO of Religare Capital Markets, one of India’s leading Mid & Small Cap focused Investment Banks.

Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs having worked in their Hong Kong and Mumbai offices. Gautam has also worked at Reliance Industries Ltd., Jardine Fleming (Asia), CLSA and DSP Merrill Lynch. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and is an Aspen Institute fellow.

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Ashok Leyland’s CEO & MD Vinod K Dasari resigns

Dasari will be suceeded by Dheeraj Hinduja who will take over as Executive Chairman with immediate effect

exchange4media Staff 6 days ago

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Hinduja Group's flagship firm Ashok Leyland's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Vinod K Dasari has quit citing personal reasons, according to media reports.

His resignation has been accepted by the company but he has been reportedly asked to continue till March 31, 2019. Dasari will be suceeded by Dheeraj Hinduja who will take over as Executive Chairman with immediate effect. 

“After completing 14 years with the company, Vinod K Dasari has decided to pursue his personal interests and seek new learning,” Media reports quoted the company as stating.

Reports also quoted Dheeraj Hinduja as saying, "I would like to place on record the contribution of Dasari in making Ashok Leyland a formidable force in the industry. He along with his leadership team steered the company to ensure significant all-round performance. We wish Dasari the very best in his future endeavors".

Dasari, meanwhile, has reportedly said that his decision to leave is purely personal as he wishes to pursue his personal interests. 

Dasari has been the Managing Director of Ashok Leyland Limited since April 2011. He was promoted as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. 
 

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