K Madhavan has been named president, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India. Madhavan has been elevated from his position of MD.
The announcement was made by Rebecca Campbell, chairman, international operations and direct-to-consumer, The Walt Disney Company.
In this role, Madhavan will drive the strategy and growth of the company in India, with responsibility for Disney, Star and Hotstar businesses and operations spanning across entertainment, sports and regional channels, and direct-to-consumer.
Campbell said, "For the past several months, I have had the pleasure of working directly with KM and have seen firsthand how he has adeptly managed our India business, which has been and will continue to be critical to our global and regional strategy. A skilled leader with an extensive background in media, KM has taken our vast Star networks and local content production businesses to new heights despite continued industry evolution and significant challenges due to the pandemic.”
Madhavan said, "I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead the incredibly talented and passionate team we have in India, and to further build upon our strong portfolio of channels and high-quality programming that is a favorite with viewers across the region. We have an exciting journey ahead of us. I am committed to continuing to move our business forward, working more closely together with colleagues across Disney to enhance our global and regional offerings."
Madhavan joined Star India as its head of South in 2009 from Asianet. He currently serves as president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and as chairman of the National Committee of Media and Entertainment CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).