He has been a non-executive director at Hathway Cable and Datacom since November, 2008.
Meanwhile, K Jayaraman, MD and CEO of Hathway, will be vice-chairman at the company.
Kumar, a qualified chartered accountant, started his career in ITC where he spent eight years and was financial controller. He then spent 16 years at STAR in various roles in Mumbai and Hong Kong. He had joined the group as chief financial controller in 1995 and later was made senior vice-president, finance, STAR in 2004. He was promoted as president, South India in 2009.
He was a part of the team involved in the launch of KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) in 2000, the launch of the DTH project in 2004, and acquisition of Asianet in 2009.