In a bid to further strengthen its India operations, Turner has promoted and expanded the portfolio of two of its senior management personnel: Siddharth Jain (pictured, right) and Monica Tata (pictured, left).
Siddharth Jain has been promoted to vice president and deputy general manager – distribution and business operations and assumes additional responsibilities to guide Turner channels into the digital era, with the explosion of DTH and other upcoming digital platforms. Monica Tata has been promoted to vice president and deputy general manager (Entertainment Networks) and will now drive all entertainment network initiatives and activities in South Asia. Rohit Suri, another key member of Turner India's management team, has been elevated to the position of executive director – human resources for Turner India.
Announcing these key promotions, Anshuman Misra, managing director, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd (TIIPL) said, "We have identified Siddharth and Monica, with their solid experience and proven track record in leading many success stories, to drive Turner India's business to new heights in a market that is fast becoming our largest in the region."
Siddharth Jain in his new role will play a pivotal in the launch of the two new channels in 2008, the Hindi general entertainment channel in joint venture with Alva Brothers, and the Hollywood movies and series channel in partnership with Warner Bros, while continuing to drive and manage the distribution for Turner Networks'. Jain has been with Turner since November 1998 and was instrumental in setting up the company's entire distribution network in India.
Monica's new portfolio will include supervision and development of Turner's kids business (Cartoon Network, POGO, Sesame India, original productions, animated theatrical features), as well as managing Turner's new initiatives.