Uday and I connect at a unique and creative level: Punit Goenka

Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, speaks about his longstanding friendship with Uday Shankar

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 5:11 PM
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Uday Shankar will be stepping down as the President of The Walt Disney Company (APAC) and Chairman of Star & Disney India, a role he has been serving since February 2019. On the event of his departure from one of the top posts in the Indian media industry, e4m reached out to industry leaders for their views on the development. Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, shares his thoughts as Shankar gears up for his own entrepreneurial journey. 

“In Uday, I have been fortunate to have found, not just a thorough professional colleague, but a very dear friend," says Goenka whose association with Shankar goes a long way back. Speaking about the times when Shankar was making a mark as a journalist, he notes, "I have always enjoyed my interactions with him and we connected at a very unique and creative level." 

"Despite both of us being on the business and industry roles, whenever that we met, our conversations have largely been about the finer aspects of content, creativity and innovation. His contribution to the media & entertainment industry has been truly valuable. I wish him all the success in his future endeavours and good health,” he adds.

Before he took over the reins of The Walt Disney Company (APAC), Shankar was the president of 21st Century Fox for Asia and the Chairman & CEO of Star India. In 2007, helmed Star India and transformed it into one of the most successful media companies in Asia. His contributions have revolutionised Indian media landscape.

Shankar will remain with Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International Segment through the end of 2020 and will work closely with Rebecca Campbell, Chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment, to identify his successor.

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