Bibek Agarwala: Meet the man whom Zee editors will now report to
The channel heads of Zee News, WION, Zee Business, and Zee 24 Taas will now report to Agarwala
With the stepping down of Sudhir Chaudhary as Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Zee News, WION, Zee Business, Zee 24 Taas, the reporting of these respective channel heads has changed.
An internal communication accessed by e4m stated the new reporting guidelines.
“With Sudhir moving on, now editors of Zee News, Zee Business and Zee 24 Taas will report to President–Group Strategy & Innovation and WION will report directly to the Publisher.”
In this new turn of events at Zee News, one name that has become the centre of focus is Bibek Agarwala, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Zee Media Corp. Ltd.
Who is Bibek Agarwala?
Agarwala, a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary, joined Zee in March 2021 from Raymond Group where he was working as CFO for Lifestyle Business.
He is known for his business transformation leadership spanning over two decades in Corporate Finance & Strategy, Treasury & M&A Operations, GST & Taxation, Shared Services & Business Process Management, Procurement & Commercials, Technology and Digital Initiatives with well-known Manufacturing, Retail and Service Industries such as Dabur, Pernod Ricard and PwC.
Agarwala’s proven abilities in enhancing financial processes and systems, leveraging the use of technology and automation across business functions have been well appreciated. He has an outstanding track record of designing and implementing internal control systems to make business processes more robust and customer-centric.
Strong Commercial Acumen & Hard Negotiator
While we reached out to his industry colleagues, everyone we spoke to vouched for his strong commercial acumen, contract management skills and his hard negotiating skills.
“For him, the VUCA world is not unknown and it’s a reality. He looks forward to the opportunities in a challenging environment for Value Creation, Unlocking blocked capital, Compliance & Controls and Automation & Robotics,” said one of his former colleagues on condition of anonymity.
Agarwala’s steep rise is also backed by his outstanding academic background. He is a rank holder in CA & CS examinations. He is seen as an enterprising leader with a solid record of contributions leading to lowered risk, heightened productivity and enhanced internal controls.
For his impactful leadership, Agarwala has been felicitated for Exemplary Industry Representation by GST Retailers Association of India (RAI). He has been honoured with The India CFO Award 2018 for Excellence in the use of Technology and has also won Gold Award for Excellence in Transformation by SSON, Singapore.
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