Network18 Publishing has promoted Mukhtar Qureshi, executive vice president, sales, as chief operating officer, Business Directories division.
Infomedia18’s publishing business was recently demerged and consolidated within Network18 under ‘Network18 Publishing’, and now encompasses three divisions of Infomedia18’s publishing business - Business to Consumer (B2C) magazines, Business to Business (B2B) magazines and Business Directories Division (BDD).
The Business Directories portfolio includes multi-city editions of Yellow Pages business directories, Machine Tool Guide, Indian Exporters Guide, Construction and Interior Design Guide, Industries State Guide and Motor Pumps & Valves directories. The move is said to be a bid to further bolster growth plans.
Sandeep Khosla, chief executive officer, Network18 Publishing, said, “The Business Directories Division, especially its yellow pages stable, is core to our growth plans for Network18 Publishing. As we scale up and expand our suite of products and services across touch points, Mukhtar’s proven track record and unparalleled experience in this space will be critical for us. I look forward to working closely with him as we further strengthen our leadership in the business directories space”
Qureshi added, “At the Business Directories Division, we’ll continue to be focused on fulfilling the growing aspirations of the Indian SME. Our widespread presence under the Yellow Pages umbrella and deep customer relationships provides us with an enormous opportunity to diversify our offerings and innovate through integrated media solutions. It’s been an exciting journey so far and I hope to build further on it going forward.”