Rajesh Kamat taking charge as India CEO of CA Media from July

Rajesh Kamat is taking charge as CEO of CA Media, India, from July 2011. He will lead CA Media in establishing a diversified Indian media and entertainment company. Kamat will report to Paul Aiello, CEO of CA Media.

exchange4media News Service 08-April-2011

Rajesh Kamat taking charge as India CEO of CA Media from July

Rajesh Kamat is taking charge as CEO of CA Media, India, from July 2011. He will lead CA Media in establishing a diversified Indian media and entertainment company. CA Media will develop Indian operations principally in television and film content, family entertainment, digital media, sports and leisure, and education. Kamat will report to Paul Aiello, CEO of CA Media.

Commenting on Kamat coming on board, Aiello said, “Rajesh Kamat is one of the most talented executives in India, and he has consistently proven his ability to take risks, innovate, and create significant value. We’re excited to have him join CA Media as we work to create a business of scale that will take advantage of the changing landscape of the Indian media and entertainment industry. There is no one better qualified to lead this initiative than Rajesh, and his appointment reflects the importance CA Media places on India.”

Adding to this, Peter Chernin, Chairman of CA Media, said, “Rajesh has been a driving force for innovation in the India media space. India is one of the most exciting stories in global media today and we’re privileged to have him join our team.”

“My assignment to build CA Media’s India business provides me with a unique opportunity to capitalise on such trends as an entrepreneur, in partnership with global industry leaders like Peter and Paul,” said Kamat on his new role.

Kamat recently moved on from Viacom18 Group, where he was COO of the Group and CEO of Colors. In his three years at Viacom18, Kamat has been instrumental in launching Colors and rapidly taking it to a preeminent position in the Hindi general entertainment space, both in India and in more than 30 other countries where it is distributed. As COO of Viacom18, Kamat identified incremental growth areas for the overall group and last year formed Sun18, a pan-India television distribution joint venture.

Prior to joining Viacom18, Kamat was Managing Director of Endemol India, where he established the firm as one of India’s leading production houses. Previously, Kamat held positions with Coca-Cola and STAR India, of which Aiello was formerly CEO.

CA Media is a start-up company focused on building and investing in media businesses in India, China, and throughout Asia. CA Media was launched in November 2010 by The Chernin Group, a US-based entity founded by Peter Chernin. The Chernin Group manages, operates, and invests in businesses in the media, entertainment, and technology sectors. CA Media investors also include Allen & Company LLC, Brookside Capital (an affiliate of Bain Capital), Gordon Crawford, and Kimberly Querrey, among others.

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Rajesh Kamat to leave Viacom18 to join Peter Chernin's 'CA Media' as India CEO

 

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Suchita Vishnoi joins Cognizant Digital Business as Senior Director, Marketing- APAC

Her immediate previous role was at Salesforce India as Director Marketing since 2016

exchange4media News Service 07-September-2018

Suchita Vishnoi, former Director of Marketing, Salesforce India, has joined Cognizant Digital Business as Senior Director, Marketing, for the APAC region. Her key responsibilities at Cognizant include building brand awareness and reputation for the Cognizant Digital Business BU and the company’s capabilities in key APAC markets including India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and Middle East.

Vishnoi joined Salesforce India in the year 2016 as Director Marketing. Prior to that she had a 7 year stint with Trend Micro, where she joined as Marketing Manager India in 2009. Vishnoi became the Trend Micro’s Head Marketing for India & SAARC in 2011. She held the position of Director, Marketing, India & SAARC of Trend Micro from 2015 to 2016, where she was driving commercial and channel marketing for India & SAARC region.

Vishnoi, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and eCornell University, started her career as Associate Director for Solutions Integrated Marketing Services in 2003. She moved to Netmagic Solutions as Manager, Marketing Communications in the year 2007 and held the position of Senior Manager-Demand Generation and Customer Marketing till 2009.
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Anjali Atha joins KSS Ltd as Business Head

With a cumulative experience of over 15 years in the M&E sector, Atha enjoys expert domain knowledge in marketing, acquisitions, liaisons and integrations

exchange4media News Service 14-May-2018

Media and entertainment conglomerate, K Sera Sera Ltd. (KSS Ltd.) headed by Mr. Satish Panchariya as Group Chairman, has appointed Ms. Anjali Atha to its senior leadership team as part of its global expansion plans. The Mumbai-based firm which has over two decades of credibility and operations in India, USA, Dubai and Europe, will heavily focus on movie funding/film financing and movie production this year.

Atha has previously handled the advisory and managerial duties for leading film personalities, Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut before assuming her new role at KSS Ltd. With a cumulative experience of over 15 years in the M&E sector, Atha enjoys expert domain knowledge in marketing, acquisitions, liaisons and integrations.

Anjali Atha who will take on a new role within KSS Ltd. as Business Head commented. “I am very excited about the opportunity to develop our global execution model and to deliver outstanding content in the entertainment diaspora.”

Adding on, Mr. Sanjay Panchariya stated, “Following our 2018 expansions plans, we are closing a record number of deals and will benefit from a new team to take it forward. Anjali is a very experienced and reputed advisor in the entertainment services space and is uniquely suited to lead KSS Ltd. in its next phase of
growth.”
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Mohit Hira roped in as co-founder of Adytude AX

Hira will also serve as Chief Convergence Officer of NFX Digital, the parent company

exchange4media News Service 08-May-2018

NFX Digital, a gamified-consumer insights company set up by its founder Shivjeet Kullar, announced the induction of Mohit Hira as a Co-founder of Adytude AX, its disruptive, new product that is currently under development. Hira will also serve as Chief Convergence Officer of NFX Digital, the parent company. The flagship product, Adytude is revolutionizing the way brands analyze consumer feedback in real time.

With CXO roles in advertising, marketing and media in both print and digital forms, Hira was nominated as among India's Top 50 CMOs by Paul Writer and IBM in 2012 and has several digital launches to his credit, including various assets under the Indiatimes brand, NIIT's Cloud Campus and its B2C e-learning business (www.training.com). He is an alumnus of Jadavpur University with Executive Development Programs at ISB, IIM Ahmedabad and INSEAD Singapore.

A former advertising professional who started his career with Shivjeet Kullar in the Kolkata office of Contract Advertising, the duo has decided to team up again after a gap of nearly three decades. While Kullar remained in advertising right through as an award-winning creative professional who also scripted plays and books, Hira moved into business management roles in The Times of India Group, NIIT, JWT, Hungama Digital, Open Media Network and Newsweek (formerly IBT Media) before striking out on his own as a strategic marketing consultant since April 2017.

On becoming an entrepreneur, Hira says, “When I set out on my own last year, I had taken the first step towards entrepreneurship. The intensive consulting experience, over the last year, with IAMAI, Human Factors International, Jaypore.com, YourNest Venture Capital, has been very rewarding and when Shivjeet approached me to join him in a very exciting journey, it looked like the logical next step. It’s good to have both of us together after 2.5 decades. So, here I am, diving into co-creating a digital product that will radically alter the way brands interact with consumers – not just in India, but globally.”

Welcoming Hira on board, Kullar said, "We began our advertising careers together building brands and now we're going to build a global consumer based market disruptor- not bad for two guys who used to scour the streets of Calcutta in search of business."
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Maciek Nowicki Appointed Chief Creative Officer, Isobar South East Asia & India

Maciek will be responsible for enhancing and integrating the creative teams, increasing the agency creative output and acting as the creative lead on multi-market pitches

exchange4media News Service 09-December-2015

Maciek Nowicki Appointed Chief Creative Officer, Isobar South East Asia & India

Isobar has announced the promotion of Maciek Nowicki to Chief Creative Officer, Isobar South East Asia and India, a newly created role, overseeing 13 Isobar locations across nine countries. Maciek will relocate from Isobar Poland and will report to Sven Huberts, MD Isobar APAC.

Maciek will be responsible for enhancing and integrating the creative teams, increasing the agency creative output and acting as the creative lead on multi-market pitches. Bolstering the creative leadership line-up is a critical step in strengthening Isobar’s Brand Commerce offering and driving the business forward across the region. Maciek also joins Isobar’s Global Creative Excellence Council, chaired by Nick Bailey, Chief Creative Officer for Isobar EMEA.

Sven Huberts, Isobar APAC Managing Director, commented, “Maciek is one of those people who has the dexterity, stamina and drive to create a high performance creative culture. He understands how brands are currently being built for today’s convergent world. Everyone is really excited to work closely with Maciek to help deliver borderless, game changing ideas that help solve our clients business challenges.”

Maciek Nowicki, Chief Creative Officer, Isobar South East Asia & India said: "I love the vast and amazingly multi-layered Asian culture and people, so I am doubly excited to get started in this new role. We have some great talent in Isobar in Asia and I look forward to working alongside them to produce work that makes a difference.” 

Prior to his promotion, Maciek was Managing Creative Director for the 300+ strong team at Isobar Poland, looking after brands including P&G, GM, Disney and Arla Foods. In addition, he oversaw the creative output across multiple Dentsu Aegis Network agencies in Poland.

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Sandip Roy returns to MediaCom as General Manager-Team P&G

Roy, who has handled various portfolios for MediaCom during his earlier stints, including NDTV and Parle, will be based out of Mumbai

Deepa Balasubramanian 08-October-2014

Sandip Roy returns to MediaCom as General Manager-Team P&G

MediaCom has appointed its former Technical Advisor & Managing Director Sandip Roy as General Manager- P&G account. Roy will be based out of Mumbai. 

No official confirmation was available at the time of filing the report. But sources close to exchange4media have confirmed the development and said that Roy will be handling the P&G account under the leadership of Avinash Pillai, Managing Partner (Team P&G India) at MediaCom. The P&G business is estimated to be around Rs 200 crore.

Roy’s LinkedIn status says it all-

http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sandip-roy/8/a93/b65

During his first stint at MediaCom way back in 2003, Roy managed a diverse portfolio of clients as a team lead including NDTV, Giant Hypermarket, Parle, Shaadi.com and Hindustan Pencils, which allowed him to work with a large media network involving deeper analysis of consumer behaviour.

In a career spanning almost 18 years, apart from MediaCom, Roy has worked for agencies such as RK Swamy BBDO, Contract Advertising, ZenithOptimedia Group, Interactions, Starcom MediaVest Group, UM WW and EMTEK Group. He started his career with RK Swamy BBDO, where he was Senior Media Executive and rose up to posts such as Managing Director at MediaCom, Marketing Advisor at EMTEK Group before re-joining MediaCom.

At MediaCom, Roy has worked in various capacities and has also worked with MediaCom Interaction, GroupM’s Digital agency for a year.

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Zee Entertainment appoints K Subramanyam as SVP, Sales for south region

ZEEL has roped in K Subramanyam, popularly known as Subbu as Senior Vice President- Sales, according to sources. He will be driving sales in South India

Deepa Balasubramanian 01-October-2014

Zee Entertainment appoints K Subramanyam as SVP, Sales for south region

Zee Network has roped in K Subramanyam, popularly known as Subbu as Senior Vice President- Sales recently. He will act as a Cluster Head- South, based out of Bangalore and will be driving the Sales for the Southern region. Subramanyam will be reporting to Ashish Sehgal, Chief Sales Officer, ZEEL.

Sources close to exchange4media have confirmed the news, however, there was no official confirmation at the time of filing the report. It is also said that Subramanyam will be heading the Sales for south cluster channels including Zee Tamil, Zee Telugu and Zee Kannada and also will be responsible for handling sales of south based advertisers and clients for all other Zee Cluster channels in the national market, including the flagship channel Zee TV. The sales heads of all the three south channels will be reporting to him.

Subbu has close to two decades of experience in Media Sales where his maximum association was with E TV Network as National Sales Head and a short stint with Maa TV. While, Shankar was earlier with Star Vijay for a long Stint as National Sales Head and moved to Polimer TV for a very short Stint before moving on to the current position.
 

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eBay India appoints Girish Huria as Head of Communications

Huria was previously COO of Avian Media. He will be based at eBay India headquarters in Mumbai

exchange4media News Service 27-September-2014

eBay India appoints Girish Huria as Head of Communications

Girish Huria, former COO of Avian Media is joining eBay as Communications- Head on September 29, 2014. He will be based at eBay India headquarters in Mumbai.

Daniel Feiler, Senior Director Communication, Asia-Pacific will be his guiding force on all communication needs for India. From an India business perspective, Huria will also be working closely with Latif Nathani, Managing Director, eBay India and his local leadership team.

Speaking about his new role and the importance of e-commerce, Huria said, “Consumerism is driving business's to change and the ecommerce industry is revolutionising this change. The Indian ecommerce industry has been quite dynamic in the last few years and I am delighted that eBay has provided me this opportunity to learn more about this space and understand consumer behaviour. I am sure it will be an enriching experience as a communication professional.” 

Speaking on Huria’s appointment, Feiler said, “Hiring someone with Girish Huria’s experience in communications is a major coup for us at eBay. I can’t wait for Girish to get started. Girish will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to help craft eBay’s story in India, arguably the fastest rising and most dynamic market on the planet with the potential to become an ecommerce world leader.”

Prior to joining eBay, Huria was the Chief Operating Officer at Avian Media Private Limited, an independent communication firm. He was entailed to drive growth of the firm via business acquisition, client servicing for key accounts and supporting leaning goals within the agency. At eBay India the key focus would be to drive consumer, merchant and employee preference for brand eBay. 

Huria has close to 15 years of experience in the Communications industry. He started his career as Managing Partner at Genesis Burson Marsteller in 1999. After 10 years stint with Genesis, he moved on to Avian Media as COO and worked there for four years. He completed his MBA- Marketing & Finance at ICFAI Business School.

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Vanditta Malhotra Hegde quits ENIL to turn legal eagle

Vanditta Malhotra Hegde, Senior VP & Legal Head of ENIL (Radio Mirchi) is moving out of Times Group. She is joining hands with Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP to set up 'Singh & Singh, Malhotra & Hegde' in Mumbai

exchange4media News Service 13-September-2014

Vanditta Malhotra Hegde quits ENIL to turn legal eagle

Vanditta Malhotra Hegde, Senior Vice President and Legal Head of Entertainment Network (India) Limited (Radio Mirchi) is moving out of Times Group. She is joining hands with Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP, founded by Prathiba Singh and Maninder Singh, a reputed Intellectual Property Rights law firm in the country, to set up ‘Singh & Singh, Malhotra & Hegde’ in Mumbai.

Malhotra Hegde has been with Radio Mirchi for the last one decade and has been credited for the successful legal strategies of Radio Mirchi in the highly litigious areas of copyright licensing and royalties. She is a well-known legal name in the media and entertainment industry and is in the forefront of advocating progressive copyright laws and taking up other industry issues.

Speaking on the move, Malhotra Hegde said, “These are exciting times and the firm would strive to provide cutting edge legal advisory to media & entertainment, telecom, internet, pharmaceutical and other businesses in the areas of Intellectual Property Rights, transaction, litigation, dispute resolution and strategic decision making. Singh & Singh, Malhotra & Hegde would eventually become a full service law firm.”

Speaking about her feelings on becoming an entrepreneur, she said, “The journey ahead looks very exciting. I have a great mentor in Ms Prathiba Singh, one of the acknowledged thought leaders in the Indian IP arena. There is a lot of demand for quality, solution oriented legal advisory and as I have been an in-house counsel myself, having seen the business needs from closest quarters, I am confident that we will be able to provide great value to our clients. Radio Mirchi is our first client and it could not have begun better.”

Malhotra Hegde began her career in law practice with one of India’s oldest law firms Mulla & Mulla, Craigie, Blunt & Caroe, Solicitors and Advocates. She joined Times Group in 2004 and held different responsibilities in legal function, providing legal advice to radio, internet, event management, filmed entertainment and out of home businesses, before being elevated to Head of Legal of Radio Mirchi in 2007. 

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Dainik Jagran appoints Awanish Mishra as Dy Editor, Industry & Corp Affairs

Dainik Jagran has brought on board Awanish Mishra as Deputy Editor, Industry & Corporate Affairs He joins in from Wealthy India, where he was CEO during his one-year stint

Abhishek Mehrotra 12-September-2014

Dainik Jagran appoints Awanish Mishra as Dy Editor, Industry & Corp Affairs

Dainik Jagran has brought on board Awanish Mishra as Deputy Editor, Industry & Corporate Affairs He joins in from Wealthy India, where he was CEO during his one-year stint.

Mishra has been associated with the world of finance for the last 15 years – nine years have been spent as a financial journalist with different newshouses and six years have been as an officer with UTI Mutual Fund.

Prior to Wealthy India, Mishra was Editor of Money Mantra, the personal finance fortnightly published by Pearls News Network. He was associated with the magazine from August 2008 to July 2013. Before that, he was Resident Editor of Dainik Bhaskar’s Delhi-NCR edition from August 2006 to June 2008. He was earlier Business Editor with Amar Ujala.

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Rajdeep Sardesai joins India Today Group as Consulting Editor

As a start, Sardesai will be doing a marquee show for Headlines Today and contributing to the revamp of the channel and its alignment with digital

exchange4media News Service 12-September-2014

Rajdeep Sardesai joins India Today Group as Consulting Editor

Rajdeep Sardesai has joined India Today Group Consulting Editor. As a start, he will be doing a marquee show for Headlines Today and contributing to the revamp of the channel and its alignment with digital.

Sardesai started his television career in 1994 and was a founding member of NDTV and, subsequently, CNN-IBN. Prior to TV, he had worked with The Times of India for six years and was the City Editor of its Mumbai edition.

Sardesai has served as the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, including CNN-IBN, IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat for the last nine years.

He has just finished his first book based on the historic 2014 elections. He has won several national and international awards for journalism, including the Padma Shri in 2008.

He has also been the President of the Editors Guild of India, the only television journalist to hold the post, and was chosen a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000.

With 1.52 million followers on Twitter, one of the largest for any news personality, Sardesai says, “When not chained to the news, I watch sport, read, write, sleep and enjoy family holidays.”

Welcoming him to the group, India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie said, “Rajdeep has been an asset to whichever team he has belonged to, including the cricketing ones. Great to have him with us. I know he will hit the ball out of the park for Team India Today.”

During his career, Sardesai has covered and analysed all major national and international stories, and has a definitive understanding of national politics. He has contributed to several books and writes a fortnightly column that appears in seven newspapers.

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