Kalli Purie of India Today creates flat structure, elevates division heads to COO level

Purie, the Vice Chairperson and MD of India Today Group, does away with Group CEO assumes that role and elevates division heads of various Group businesses as Chief Operating Officers

India Today Group

India’s diversified media company the India Today Group, has undergone changes in terms of restructuring the organisation. The Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, announced in an email to the Group stating that he wanted ‘a flat, efficient organisation’ and that various Group businesses will now be operated by Chief Operating Officers reporting to Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson and Managing Director, India Today Group.

The new appointments were Rahul Shaw elevated as the COO - Television; Salil Kumar as the COO - Digital and Manoj Sharma as the COO - Magazines. Kalli will continue to report directly to Aroon Purie.

Here is a full text of the mail from Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group:

“I am happy to announce a new organisation structure for India Today Group effective January 2019. The new structure recognises the fact that the Group has strong and effective leaders across businesses. This has been demonstrated by continued leadership and growth in our company.

Over the past year, with a new managing director I am happy to see new energy, focus and speed which is so essential for modern businesses. I would like to see the Group grow judiciously but aggressively in the coming years. Keeping all this in mind coupled with the fact that I would like to have a flat, efficient organization, following is the new reporting structure on the business side.

The new structure envisages various Group businesses to be operated by COOs (Chief Operating Officers) reporting to Kalli Purie (Vice Chairperson/ Managing Director). This new structure will empower COOs and give them an opportunity to run their businesses with more independence.

Following will be COOs of TV, magazine and digital businesses that will report to KP. 

Rahul Shaw (COO - Television), Salil Kumar (COO - Digital), Manoj Sharma (COO - Magazines). Kalli continues to report directly to me.

She will be supported by Group CFO Dinesh Bhatia in all strategy related matters of the Group and some additional group functions - HR, Administration, Security and IT will report to him.  Dinesh will continue to report to Kalli with a dotted line to me.

New Year is a good time for new beginnings and I think this is a good way to start 2019.

Looking forward to an exciting New Year.”
 

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