Ashu Phakey elevated to COO, HT English Print Business

Phakey was previously HT Delhi’s Business Head Phakey was previously HT Delhi’s Business Head

e4m by Saif Ahmad Khan
Updated: Jul 28, 2017 3:20 PM


In a bid to re-energise its English business, HT Media has elevated Delhi Business Head Ashu Phakey to the position of COO – English Print Business. The formal announcement was made to staffers by HT English CEO Rajeev Beotra on Thursday. It came shortly after Venkat Shankar informed employees regarding the joining of Sarabjit Singh Khurana as Chief Revenue Officer – English.


“While we shelved our non-core editions of Kolkata and Bhopal, we have recently launched Pune, and will continue to invest in our core markets. We have also restructured our media sales organization for speedier, more intense and holistic market execution at national and local levels. We will soon have on board some key leaders to spearhead this,” said Beotra. With its sight set on new markets, platforms, and revenue opportunities, HT intends to overhaul its production and distribution strategy for the English business.


To achieve the same, Phakey will closely engage with the editorial, media marketing, and supply chain teams. Continuing with the previous working arrangement, HT Punjab Business Head Jyotin Verma and Delhi Marketing Head Vandana Krishnia will report to Phakey. Rajat Kumar, who is handling the Pune business, shall do the same. Apart from the distribution function, Ravi Kalra and Lila Salian will be accountable to Phakey as well.


Armed with over two decades of experience in marketing and sales, Phakey was previously COO of Dainik Bhaskar’s northern business wherein he managed the P/L of operations in states such as Punjab and Haryana. He has worked with companies such as Frito Lay and Nestle JV. 

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