Sitaraman Shankar appointed as Editor of Deccan Herald

Shankar comes with 25 years of experience with brands such as the Economic Times, Reuters, Hindustan Times and most recently, Network18

exchange4media Staff 13-November-2018

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The Printers Mysore, the publisher of Deccan Herald from Bengaluru and six other cities in Karnataka, has appointed Sitaraman Shankar as Editor of the newspaper and the website deccanherald.com. A chemical technologist-turned-journalist, Shankar comes with 25 years of experience with brands such as the Economic Times, Reuters, Hindustan Times and most recently, Network18. 

He has worked in developed, emerging and frontier markets across the various disciplines of reporting, feature writing, editing, news editing, and managing teams. He has been based in Mumbai, New Delhi, Frankfurt, London and Dubai and also reported out of Moscow, Vienna and Singapore.

"Shankar's appointment as Editor comes as part of an organisation-wide transformation", said K N Tilak Kumar, Joint Managing Director, who previously held the editorship of the paper.

Commenting on the appointment, Karthik Balakrishnan, CEO of The Printers Mysore, said, "Deccan Herald, one of the most trusted media brands, is poised to move into a higher orbit. Shankar coming on board will surely accelerate this transition".

Speaking on his new role, Sitaraman Shankar said, “I feel privileged to be closely associated with Deccan Herald, a brand with a great legacy that is embarking on an exciting journey".

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iCubesWire has won the digital mandate for Singer India

The agency will be responsible for handling 360-degree digital marketing for the brand including social media platforms, website maintenance, SEO and media buying

exchange4media Staff 6 hours ago

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iCubesWire, the performance marketing network, full service digital agency and product development organisation has bagged the digital mandate of Singer India Limited, a manufacturer & seller of sewing machines and home appliances. 

The agency will be responsible for handling 360-degree digital marketing for the brand which includes social media platforms, website maintenance, SEO and media buying. iCubesWire won the mandate post a multi-agency bid.

Commenting on the association, Rajeev Bajaj, Managing Director, Singer India, says, “We chose iCubesWire as our digital partners as their strategies were distinct and focused on enhancing brand integration. We have a strong foothold in the sewing machines segment and aim to elaborate that to the home and kitchen appliances as well. To foster this thought, we plan to increase our market share in consumer durable segment with a CAGR of ~25%. With iCubesWire’s digital quotient, we anticipate efficacious results.”

On acquiring the prestigious account, Sahil Chopra, Founder & CEO, iCubesWire, says, “We are excited to work with Singer India and our efforts will be towards creating long-term engagements for the brand through innovative campaigns. We aim to maximize growth for Singer India in terms of reach and consumer engagement. Singer India wants to carry forward their legacy to the digital platform, and we are proud to associate with them in fulfilling their objective.”
 

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Uday Shankar elected as Vice President of FICCI for 2018-19

Shankar is the first ever Indian media & entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber like FICCI, which is also the oldest in the country

exchange4media Staff 6 hours ago

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Uday Shankar has been elected as the Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for 2018-19 at the conclusion of the 91st AGM of the apex industry chamber.

Shankar is currently Chairman and CEO of Star India and President of 21st Century Fox Asia-Pacific (Only Asia). He was recently appointed as the Chairman, Star and Disney India and President of the Walt Disney Company, Asia-Pacific, and a role that he will take over after the takeover of 21CF by Disney takes place. He is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber like FICCI, which is also the oldest in the country.

A trend-setter in the media and entertainment industry for over two decades, he played a leadership role in making Star India one of the largest Media & Entertainment companies in India, reaching over 720 million viewers a month across the country and more than 100 other countries. 
Shankar has been a leading voice in the Indian media and broadcasting sector, shaping reforms for the industry and its consumers. As Chairman of the FICCI Media & Entertainment Committee and former President of the Indian Broadcasting Federation, he has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and pushing access for consumers to the digitised distribution.

Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become the CEO and Editor of ‘Star News’ after’ spearheading the successful launch of country’s first 24-hour Hindi news channel ‘Aaj Tak’ in 2000, and ‘Headlines Today’ in English in 2003, as Editor and News Director of the TV Today Group.

He holds an M. Phil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is an ardent reader whose knowledge domain transcends from literature to politics, economics and sports.

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Hersh Bhandari joins Republic TV Network as Executive VP – Revenue for Republic Bharat

In his role as Executive Vice President, Bhandari will focus on strengthening the presence and revenue of R. Bharat

exchange4media Staff 14 hours ago

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Hersh Bhandari, the former National Revenue Head for India Today Television, is all set to join the brand new Hindi news channel Republic Bharat, industry sources confirmed. With him onboard, Republic TV network aims to start strong as far as revenue performance for R. Bharat is concerned, and grow exponentially from there. 

Bhandari has worked with India Today Television. He spent six years at Times Network. Bhandari has also had effective stints at the Star Group, NDTV Media, Mastiii and TV Today Group, collectively translating in 20 years of experience in the media industry. He has played a key role in helping the channels boost their presence and revenue over the years, and aims to replicate the same with R. Bharat.

“We are pleased to have Hersh Bhandari on board and he is now a part of the Republic Network. With a proven track record of being a powerhouse and implementing strong customer focused strategy, he will lead the team to scale up the Republic Bharat advertising business. We wish Hersh all the very best in his new role,” said Vikas Khanchandani, CEO of Republic TV Network.
 

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Kapil Pillai joins True North-backed Sesa Care as CEO

Pillai, ex-CMO of Godrej Consumer Products, will spearhead Sesa’s multi product portfolio

exchange4media Staff 15 hours ago

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Sesa Care, an investee company of home-grown private equity firm True North announced the appointment of Kapil Pillai as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. In his new role as CEO of Sesa Care Pvt. Ltd, Pillai will be responsible for driving growth and expansion of the company.

Pillai began his career in 1996 as a Regional Sales Manager for Reckitt & Colman (now Reckitt Benckiser). He spent his initial 10 years in sales roles; he then transitioned successfully to marketing roles in the next phase. He has worked with Balsara Home Products and Kurt Salmon Associates. He comes to us from Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) where he spent almost 15 years in multiple Sales, Marketing and Business leadership roles, the last of which was Chief Marketing Officer of India Business. He brings 22 years of high-quality sales, marketing and business leadership experience from the FMCG industry.

Ashish Bhargava, Partner of True North said, “We are delighted to have Kapil on board as part of the True North family. We are looking forward to using his entrepreneurial, innovation and leadership skills to build Sesa Care. We are committed to growing the Sesa Care platform organically as well as inorganically into a multi-product consumer brand.”

On this new role, Pillai commented, “This appointment is an exciting new chapter in my career. I look forward to using my knowledge and skills to help build SESA Care as a significant Player in the beauty and wellness sector. Partnering with True North is a privilege, as they have a sterling track record of building some of India’s biggest brands across categories.”

Pillai has completed his post-graduation from IIM Kolkata. At GCPL, as marketing lead of the Home care business he has been instrumental in building the Goodnight, Hit and Ezee brand franchises. He also led marketing for the Hair care category, before leading marketing for the whole Domestic Business. His primary focus has always been category and franchise creation, and powerful market share are an inevitable consequence.
 

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Amogh Dusad moves to SonyLIV to head original content

His LinkedIn profile has been updated to Head - Content, Partnerships, New Initiatives - Digital Business at Sony Pictures Networks India

exchange4media Staff 3 days ago

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Amogh Dusad of SPN has been strategically moved from Sony Entertainment Television to OTT service SonyLIV to head original and regional content. His LinkedIn profile mentions his new designation as Head - Content, Partnerships, New Initiatives - Digital Business at Sony Pictures Networks India. He will be reporting to Uday Sodhi, Executive VP and Head - Digital Business - SPN India. The decision was taken to up SonyLIV's game in original content where the investment has beefed up in the recent past. 

He was earlier taking care of digital products for Hindi GEC for spearheading second screen and digital initiatives for the channel.
Dusad comes with an experience over 15 years. He was leading the insights and programming strategy for SET. In this role, he was responsible for the overall business strategy for the channel, consumer insights and collaborations on creative development to drive viewership and P&L management.

He joined Sony in 2011 as Senior VP and head - Programming and content acquisition.

Prior to joining Sony, he worked with NDTV Imagine. Dusad started his career with TAM Media Research (JV between Nielsen and KMR) working on several consulting projects for advertisers and broadcasters, to leverage big data analytics towards strategic decision making.

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Initiative retains Reckitt Benckiser account worth Rs 450 crore

During the pitch process leading agencies, including IPG Mediabrands, contested fiercely

Naziya Alvi Rahman 3 days ago

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Initiative from the IPG Mediabrands umbrella has retained the Reckitt Benckiser account.

In November, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), one of the leading global FMCG companies, had initiated a media pitch estimated to be around Rs 400-450 crore. Leading agencies including incumbent IPG Mediabrands had contested for the pitch fiercely.

exchange4media reached out to Initiative and Reckitt Benckiser but did not get a comment from them at the time of filing this story.

RB had appointed Initiative from the IPG Mediabrands umbrella as its media partner in December 2013 on the back of a global media review. Since then IPG has successfully retained the account despite annual pitches. Prior to IPG, the media duties were handled by Zenith Optimedia.

Meanwhile, the FMCG major that has a presence across 60 markets globally, in a recent development, gave part of its digital duties to Zenith Optimedia. As per industry sources, RB has divided its digital portfolio into two parts—Health, and Home & Hygiene. While Initiative will continue to manage Home & Hygiene, the first portfolio will be handled by Zenith Optimedia from January 2019. The move was an outcome of a global decision without any pitch being called.
 

As the editorial head for the website, Naziya covers media, advertising and marketing domains. Prior to joining the digital domain, she worked for 12 years with leading newspapers covering political, legal and crime beats.

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Niladri Datta joins IFB Appliances as its Chief of Marketing and Strategy

Datta was the Marketing Head at LG Electronics India, and was associated with the company for 14 years

exchange4media Staff 3 days ago

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According to media reports, Niladri Datta, LG Electronics India’s ex-Marketing Head has joined IFB Appliances as its Chief of Marketing and Strategy.

Datta has over 24 years of experience in the industry. He worked with LG electronics for about 14 years from 2004 to 2018 in various capacities including head of washing machine business, modern trade head, head of managing director’s task team and the Chief Marketing Officer for two years. He is credited to make LG’s washing machine business a market leader. 

An MBA graduate from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Datta, in the past, had worked with IFB Industries Ltd as Marketing Head for eight years. IFB Appliances is known for its washing machines, microwave ovens and dish washers. They have now ventured into air-conditioner and built-in kitchen. 

Few months ago, Sanjeev Agarwal, the ex-Sales Head of LG India joined Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India as the Sales Director handling Hitachi’s air-conditioner and refrigerator businesses in the country. The ex-Director Marketing for Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances, Sandeep Tewari, joined Usha International as President of Marketing.
 

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Uday Shankar named Chairman, Star & Disney India; President, The Walt Disney Company APAC

Direct-to-Consumer & International segment of The Walt Disney Company has announced plans for strategic alignment of its consolidated international business units under three key leaders

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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As part of the integration planning for the pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., the Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment of The Walt Disney Company has announced plans for the strategic alignment of its consolidated international business units under three key leaders.

“The planned restructuring of our business units outside of the US will result in a stronger, more agile organization, one that is better able to pivot and capitalize on the many opportunities present in today’s fast-changing and increasingly complex global marketplace,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman of The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment.

“Once the acquisition is complete, all three regions will be led by exceptional, highly experienced executives who will combine the 'best of the best' talent from both organizations. This new structure and the outstanding leadership team we’ve put in place are clear demonstrations of our strong commitment to integrating operations and thoughtfully executing our strategic priorities around the globe,” Mayer said.

The structure will allow for more efficient management of the Company’s portfolio of assets and the optimization of resources applied in support of the company’s strategic priorities.  DTCI’s international operating structure and executive management, effective upon the completion of the acquisition, will include three distinct regions:

•       EMEA– Rebecca Campbell, who currently serves as President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, will maintain oversight of this region and adds oversight of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

•       Latin America – Diego Lerner, who currently serves as President, The Walt Disney Company Latin America, will maintain oversight of this region

•       Asia Pacific – Uday Shankar, who currently serves as President, 21st Century Fox, Asia, and Chairman and CEO of Star India, will become Chairman, Star and Disney India, and President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific

Additionally, Janice Marinelli will serve as President, Global Content Sales and Distribution.  Responsible for DTCI’s integrated global content sales organization, she will lead and have oversight of the company’s programming sales efforts for its combined portfolio of content, as well as the distribution of branded direct-to-consumer apps and services to broadcasters, digital services and other third-party distributors around the world.

Campbell, Lerner, Marinelli and Shankar will report to Mayer.

Joining the EMEA leadership team, reporting to Campbell, are:

•       Jan Koeppen, currently President of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa, who will serve as President, Television and Direct to Consumer, The Walt Disney Company EMEA

•       Marina Jigalova-Ozkan, who will continue in her current role as DTCI’s Managing Director, Russia and CIS for The Walt Disney Company CIS LLC

Joining the Latin America leadership team, reporting to Lerner, is:

•       Carlos Martinez, President, Fox Networks Group, Latin America, who will serve as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Media Networks, North and Brazil, The Walt Disney Company Latin America

Reporting to Shankar as part of the Asia Pacific leadership team will be the following current DTCI executives:

•       Luke Kang, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Greater China, Japan and Korea

•       Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand

•       Chafic Najia, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East

In the coming weeks, DTCI plans to announce additional executives joining the three regional leadership teams as well as the global sales organization.

Additionally, the following DTCI business leaders will all continue in their previously announced roles, reporting to Mayer:

•       Rita Ferro, President, Disney Advertising Sales

•       Aaron LaBerge, Chief Technology Officer

•       Michael Paull, President, Disney Streaming Services

•       Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+

The current leaders of DTCI’s shared services areas, listed below, will continue in their roles:

•       Linda Bagley, Deputy General Counsel

•       Karen Hobson, Senior Vice President, Communications

•       Jim Lygopoulos, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

•       Justin Warbrooke, Chief Financial Officer

Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has received formal approval from shareholders of both companies, and Disney and 21st Century Fox have entered into a consent decree with the US Department of Justice that allows the acquisition to proceed, while requiring the sale of the Fox Sports Regional Networks. The transaction is subject to various international regulatory clearances, a number of which have been obtained, while others remain pending.

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Kaizad Patel joins The News Minute as Regional Business Head, West

Kaizad Patel joins The News Minute after a three-year stint at Sportskeeda

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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Kaizad Patel has joined the independent digital news media platform The News Minute (TNM) as the Regional Business Head for West. Kaizad will be leading the sales team from Mumbai and will be responsible for driving revenue through ad-sales and spotting other revenue opportunities in the western region.

 

With more than a decade’s experience in the digital advertising space, Patel joins the senior management at TNM after a three-year stint at Sportskeeda. He started his career with the IT industry, where he spent eight years. He later moved to the digital advertising space, starting his stint with Ozone Media Solutions, and later worked with SVG Media.

 

Patel said, “I am thrilled to join the team at The News Minute at such an exciting time in the company’s growth trajectory.”

“Content being an integral part of digital advertising today, what really excites me about being a part of The News Minute team are their new-age digital content ideas, out-of-the-box approach to storytelling and unique news content. I am looking forward to the enthusiastic journey ahead,” he said further.

 

Vignesh Vellore, CEO of The News Minute, said that Patel’s addition to the leadership team will further fuel the company’s growth. “Having established that as a media start-up we can provide high-value content and superlative reach to the brands we work with, it is now time for us to improve our access in the Western market and speed-up our revenue growth. Kaizad will be key to our success in the West.”

 

The News Minute (Spunklane Media Pvt. Ltd.) was launched in 2014 and Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion Media is the main investor in the company. With a special focus on news from the southern states, TNM has readership across India, with 10 million monthly unique users and 30 million pageviews every month.

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SapientRazorfish’s Ranjit Kandhari joins AdGlobal360

Kandhari will lead AdGlobal360’s Sitecore Centre of Excellence as Vice President

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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Marketing technology company AdGlobal360 has announced the launch of its Centre of Excellence (CoE) developed in collaboration with Sitecore®. The Centre of Excellence will help AGL’s clients in building digital and highly personalized consumer experiences that seamlessly engage customers both, online and in-store. 

The company on Thursday announced the appointment of Ranjit Kandhari to head this initiative.  

As the Vice President, Sitecore® Experience Platform™ at AdGlobal360, Kandhari will be responsible for setting-up and managing high performance delivery teams, processes, and an R&D practice, for executing multiple Sitecore-based projects.

Kandhari brings with him 17 years of experience in the IT industry, especially an in-depth knowledge of design and development of web applications using Microsoft technologies, content management systems and project management, having successfully delivered many projects with diverse technologies. 

Prior to this assignment, Kandhari was with SapientRazorfish leading Sitecore projects.

The company, in a statement said, with the newly launched CoE, AdGlobal360 will deliver highly personalized digital experiences in real time for their clients across automobile, manufacturing and hi-tech industries. 

Speaking about the appointment, Rakesh Yadav, CEO of AdGlobal360, said “It is great to have Ranjit lead our Sitecore Centre of Excellence. I am sure his experience & expertise will go a long way in establishing our relevance with this futuristic technology.” 

He further added, “Everything we do today is technology-dependent, within a strategic technology driven framework. The CoE is a part of this approach; that we support the skills and capabilities of businesses that need to undergo a complete digital transformation - on the back of technology.”

Kandhari said, “I am very happy and excited to lead this Sitecore CoE that will help our clients transform their businesses in the digital world. We will be able to drive personalized experiences, combining our innovative thinking and process - with Sitecore.” 
He further added, “Our aim is to provide a single robust system that can handle global and multilingual content at a scale which enables deep levels of intelligence about users: who they are, what they care about, and what they are doing thereby enriching the brand ecosystem, while delivering customer value."
 

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