Punit, MD & CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), is a dynamic leader whose actions speak louder than words. His strong work ethics and hands-on approach have steered the ZEEL Empire to new frontiers of success. Under his astute leadership, Zee TV has made thumping progress to emerge as a leader among the Indian general entertainment channels. Punit has an insatiable passion to achieve more, which is why he is now working to strengthen ZEEL’s global reach and viewership.
Not just a corporate leader, Punit is a great mentor too. He has shared his experiences and knowledge at various management education modules, including the Young Managers’ Program at INSEAD (France), ‘Birthing of Giants’ by Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc., Boston. Punit, the eldest son of Essel Group Chairman Mr. Subhash Chandra, likes to spend quality time with his family, enjoys watching movies and skiing.
Mr. Rajat Sharma
Vice President - IBF
| Chairman - India TV
Rajat, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV, is best known for his popular show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. With his trademark smile, Rajat has grilled over 750 personalities in India’s longest running television show, which got him the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Before moving to television, Rajat made a mark with his distinguished 10-year stint in print media. His transition from a successful print editor to an international television personality, and from a ‘manager-entrepreneur’ to an ‘entrepreneur-manager’ presents a unique story in Indian media.
In 1995, Rajat created history by launching India’s first private television news bulletin, which was beamed across satellite footprints in Asia, Europe and North Africa. When Rajat launched India TV, no one had imagined that in four years, it would become India’s number one news channel. A survey by the Hindi daily Hindustan named Rajat as the “Hero” of the Indian media industry.
Under Rajat’s leadership, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spends and viewer support. India TV’s newsbreaks have inspired talk shows on rival channels, Bollywood films, BBC documentaries, articles in Time magazine and even Amul hoardings. The channel’s popularity is the result of Rajat leading the way on the lonely path of “credibility first”, keeping both his feet firmly to the ground, and upholding viewer’s interest as paramount.
Mr. N.P. Singh
Vice President - IBF
| Director - Bangla Entertainment
NP is the Chief Executive Officer of MSM Pvt. Ltd. and a Director on the Board of Bangla Entertainment Private Limited. As COO he manages all channels of MSM, including Sony Entertainment Television (SET), MAX, SAB, PIX, MIX and SIX. He also oversees operations of Aath and AXN in India.
NP has over 30 years of rich and varied experience. He joined MSM in June 1999 as its Chief Financial Officer. Earlier, NP held several leadership positions across finance and operations in organizations like Modi Xerox, Spice Telecom, ModiCorp and Hindustan Copper Limited.
A Masters from Delhi School of Economics, NP holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Delhi University. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
Mr. K. Madhavan
Vice President - IBF
| Managing Director - Asianet Communications
Madhavan is the Managing Director of Asianet Communications Ltd. and Vijay TV, which own five television channels in the four south Indian languages – Asianet and Asianet Plus (Malayalam), Suvarna (Kannada), Sitara (Telugu) and Star Vijay (Tamil). He is also in-charge of STAR India’s southern operations.
Madhavan has been actively involved with the Indian television industry for over a decade through his association with Asianet Communications Ltd., where he joined as a director in 1999, moving to the position of Managing Director in January 2000. Madhavan has been instrumental in making the flagship channel Asianet available in all parts of the world.
Mr. Sudhanshu Vats
Vice President - IBF
| Group CEO - Viacom18
Sudhanshu is Group CEO, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., responsible for all their brands/ businesses, comprising Colors, MTV, Nick, Sonic, Vh1, Comedy Central and Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
An HUL veteran, Sudhanshu has spent about 20 years with Unilever. In his last assignment with Unilever as Vice President–Laundry South Asia & Radiant based in Mumbai, he grew South Asia Laundry business in strong double digits crossing the Euro 1 bn turnover milestone in 2011. In his earlier assignment as Vice President-Skin Cleansing and Laundry & HHC, HUL India, he successfully led the Laundry and HHC categories, doubling this large business segment in the last four years. A Management Graduate from IIM-Ahmedabad (1989-91), he joined HUL as a Management Trainee and worked with them in various Sales & Marketing and General Management roles. Sudhanshu shaped many popular brands, most notably Vim, Wheel, Surf, Rin, Lifebuoy, Lux and Lipton.
During 2004-05, Sudhanshu worked with BP in India for about 18 months as Vice President-Marketing and was instrumental in the Castrol Master Brand Re-launch in 2005. An avid trekker, he regularly runs marathons.
Mr. K.V.L. Narayan Rao
Treasurer, IBF and Co-opted Director - IBF
| Executive Vice Chairperson - NDTV
His role as Executive Vice Chairperson, Narayan Rao oversees the businesses of NDTV Group in India and worldwide. He ensures that the Group’s aspirations are met and that NDTV becomes a global Indian media brand. He oversees the implementation of a Common Code of Conduct across the Group’s companies.
Narayan Rao, who joined NDTV as a general manager in February 1995, was invited to join the company’s Board in 1998. He played a crucial role in the transition and growth of NDTV from a production house to a broadcaster.
Before joining NDTV, Narayan Rao was with the Indian Revenue Service and held important appointments during his tenure from 1979 to 1994. He began his career as a journalist with The Indian Express. Narayan Rao is the President of News Broadcasters Association (NBA), comprising over 40 news channels. He is also on the Board of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) and a member of the Task Force set up to look at broadcasting regulations in India.
Mr. Aroon Purie
Director - IBF
| Chairman - TV Today Network
An Indian Chartered Accountant, Aroon Purie graduated from The Doon School and was awarded his BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1965. He started his career in 1970 at Thomson Press as Production Controller and continues to be its guiding force even though he recently handed over the reins to his son Ankoor Purie. Thomson Press is the largest commercial printer in South Asia, and with five facilities across India it has a national presence. He began the India Today Group with an eponymous magazine in 1975. Today the group is India's most diversified media group with 32 magazines, 7 radio stations, 4 TV channels, 1 newspaper, multiple web and mobile portals, a leading classical music label and book publishing arm. Through its subscribers, readers, viewers and listeners, the group reaches out to over 50 million individuals.
Vidya Vilas Purie, Aroon Purie's father, launched the fortnightly magazine India Today in 1975, with his daughter Madhu Trehan as its editor and Aroon Purie as its publisher. The magazine was born in the time of emergency. With it, Aroon tried to "fill the information gap which exists amongst persons interested in India residing abroad". With editions in five languages, it is the most widely–read publication in India – a position it has held for over a decade – with a readership of over 11 million.
He sets the journalistic style for the largest and most respected magazine publishing group in India and for the premier 24-hour news and current affairs Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and English news channel Headlines Today.
He was conferred the Padma Bhushan, a prestigious and third highest civilian award, by the government of India, for his contribution to Indian journalism. He has received numerous other honours which include the B.D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (1988), 'Journalist of the Year 1990' award by the Indian Federation of Small and Medium Newspapers, the G.K. Reddy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (1993–1994), the Hall of Fame Award from the Advertising Club of Kolkata (2002) and the NT Award for Lifetime achievement from www.Indiatelevision.com (2008).
He is associated with several prestigious councils, amongst them, as member, Council of Management, Audit Bureau of Circulations (Chairman, 2000–2001). He is on the Executive Committee of The Editors' Guild of India, Council of Management All India Management Association (Special Invitee). He was chairman, CII National Committee on Media (2001–2002).
He is currently the chairman of FIPP (Federation of International Periodicals and Publications). This is the first time the post has been held by an Indian national. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts (England & Wales).Aaron Purie is a board member of the Global Editors Network since its creation in April 2011.
Mr. Siddharth Jain
Director - IBF
| Managing Director - South Asia, Turner International
Siddharth is Managing Director of Turner International for South Asia. He spearheads the region’s operations overseeing programming, network & content development, advertising & distribution sales, and marketing & promotion of Turner’s wide portfolio of networks across English news, children’s and English entertainment genres. The bouquet includes CNN International, Cartoon Network, POGO, HBO, WB, TCM and Boomerang.
Siddharth manages Turner’s key partnerships in India, including CNN-IBN and the distribution venture, Zee Turner Ltd. that created a new joint venture in 2011 with Star Den Media Services Pvt. Ltd. called Media Pro Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd.
Jain joined Turner in 1998 as Director-Network Distribution, India and South Asia, and set up the entire distribution for its networks. He played a pivotal role in the encryptions of Cartoon Network, CNN and the launch of HBO. Seconded to Zee Turner at the launch of the partnership in December 2001, he was instrumental in the growth of the distribution company as the CEO. He returned to Turner in June 2006.
Before joining Turner, Siddharth was associated with News Television India Ltd. (STAR TV) as Regional Manager, North India and Nepal. Jain started his career with the Army, where he served as a Major. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ and Gold Medal at Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai. He is married with two children.
Mr. I. Venkat
Director - IBF
| Eenadu TV - Director
Mr. I. Venkat, a science graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad, has been in the advertising and marketing business since 1970. One company man all through, he is also associated with the Eenadu Group as a Director on its Board. Venkat is actively associated with industry bodies like Media Research Users Council, Andhra Pradesh Newspapers Association, Advertising Standards Council of India, INMA and IBF. He was recently inducted into ABC Council of Management. As CEO and Trustee of Nimmagadda Foundation, Hyderabad, he is actively associated with healthcare, education and philanthropy.
Mr. Uday Shankar
Director - IBF
| Chairman and CEO - STAR India
Uday is the CEO of STAR India, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation. STAR is India’s number one media & entertainment company, reaching out to more than 400 million people in India and across over 65 countries. After taking over, Uday has led the company’s transformation from a leading broadcaster to an integrated media company with presence in regional broadcasting, film production, cable, DTH and home shopping. He also manages STAR’s international businesses.
Uday joined STAR India in April 2007 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to CEO in October 2007. Prior to joining STAR India, he was CEO and Editor of MCCS, which now operates the Hindi news channel ABP News, Bengali news channel ABP Ananda and Marathi news channel ABP Majha. Uday joined MCCS in February 2004 from the TV Today Group where he was the Editor and News Director, spearheading the launch of Aaj Tak in 2000 and Headlines Today in 2003. Before that, he was in-charge of establishing Sahara TV’s news operations.
Uday, who started his career as a political journalist with The Times of India, was also an Associate Director of the prestigious Centre for Science and Environment. Uday is an MPhil in Economic History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Mr. Rohit Gupta
Director - IBF
| President (Network Sales and International Business) - Sony Pictures Network