RC Venkateish, managing director, ESPN STAR Sports India has decided to move on after spending seven years at the organisation. He joined ESPN STAR Sports India as managing director in 2003.
Talking to afaqs!, Venkateish says, "There were a lot of opportunities at ESPN and over the last few years, we scaled up our business considerably. We have put in place a solid portfolio of products."
Following his long association with the organisation, Venkateish felt that it's time to look at other options. He has gone on a month long sabbatical and will decide his next course of action after that.
Besides ESPN STAR Sports, he has been associated with companies such as Kellogg Japan, Kellogg India, Gillette, Oral-B Laboratories and Nestle India. With a post graduate diploma in management from IIM Calcutta and a B. Tech from IIT Chennai, Venkateish began his career as a management trainee with GlaxoSmithKline Beecham, India.
In an official communiqué, Manu Sawhney, managing director, ESPN STAR Sports Asia, says, "Working closely with the team, Venki, with his passion and dedication, has further strengthened the ESPN STAR Sports and STAR Cricket brands across the South Asia region."
Till the time ESPN STAR Sports India makes a new appointment to fill the vacated position, Vijay Rajput, chief operating officer will handle the responsibilities earlier handled by Venkateish.
Sawhney adds that Rajput has been with the organisation for the last 12 years and has worked closely on various key facets of the business in India, including finance, legal and sales. He will act as the general manager of the organisation in the interim period.