Haresh Chawla, group chief executive officer, Network18, has put in his papers at the media conglomerate, and will pursue other interests after that. Till then, he will oversee the seamless leadership transition at Network18.
Commenting on the development, Raghav Bahl, founder and editor, Network18, said, “Haresh is the kind a of colleague one can only dream about, so utterly honest, committed and focussed on delivering excellence. However, I fully understand his desire to explore other interests, being a person with such boundless enthusiasm and passion for success. Perhaps Haresh's greatest achievement is the strong cadre of next-generation leadership that he has nurtured at several of our Group operations.”
“Over the next few months, Haresh will work closely with me and this young crop of leaders to ensure a seamless transition of leadership. Finally, on a personal note, I wish to say that you never can quite say good-bye to an extra-ordinary friend and colleague like Haresh. He will always be around, as a friend, philosopher, guide and advisor to Network18, and me, personally. His can-do spirit is irretrievably woven into Network18's DNA."
Speaking about his decade-long stint with the company, Chawla, said, “It's very rare for a professional to play a part in setting up so many businesses in a lifetime, and to lead such a talented team as we have at Network18. I am forever grateful to Raghav for the opportunity and the faith that he had in me. And I am deeply grateful to all my colleagues who worked with me to build this Network. Together, we built an enviable culture of excellence and speed at Network18, and I will work towards ensuring this legacy is carried on with the new leaders in the Group. Personally, it's been a most fulfilling phase of my life and I now look forward to taking on newer challenges.”
For the record, Chawla is heading Network18’s businesses spread across news and entertainment broadcasting, web portals, publications, filmed entertainment, ecommerce operations and Viacom18.