There is no one quite gifted as Sanjay Gupta in the entire Indian M&E sector: Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company, APAC & Chairman of Star & Disney India, said in an internal email to the employees at Star, speaking of Gupta as an amazing friend and thought partner

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Nov 8, 2019 2:44 PM Updated: Nov 9, 2019 9:14 AM

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Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company, APAC & Chairman of Star & Disney India, has extended his wishes to Sanjay Gupta on the latter's decision to step down as Country Manager, Star & Disney India, and his joining Google as Country Manager and Vice President of Sales & Operations, India.

In an internal email sent to the employees at Star, which exchange4media got access to, Shankar expressed his appreciation for Gupta’s contribution to Star India and how his departure would leave a void.

Excerpts:

"I am writing to share something that is of deep significance to not just Star India and to me personally, but also I am sure, to each one of you. Sanjay Gupta-my dear friend and partner in building Star India for over a decade - has decided to move on. While executive movements are a part of our lives, I have never had to share the news of a departure that would have so much impact on our lives.

So critical has been his contribution in building Star India into one of the finest and most successful M&E companies in Asia that I would be undermining his contribution by trying to list them. What I do, however, want to share is what an amazing friend and thought partner Sanjay has been to me personally. I have always talked about what an amazing team we have across the length and breadth of this company but there is no one quite gifted as Sanjay in the entire Indian M&E sector. Based on my experience, I can say that there are few like him in the Indian corporate sector as a whole. His departure is a big persoanl loss to me. Above and beyond anyone else, Sanjay has been the person who has taken charge of my craziest ideas and audacious ambitions of this company and has made them real and successful...every time. He leaves a void in my life that would be impossible to fill.

But that's life. The great company that Sanjay built must continue to scale greater heights and that will require each one of us to step up because Sanjay Gupta made each of our lives that much easier. He will be with us until we make arrangements to deal with his absence with as little disruption as possible. I am grateful to him for that."

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