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Dilip Venkatraman joins iTV Network

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | January 14, 2015
He joins as group COO, strategy and business development. Previously, he was CEO,CNN-IBN and IBN7.

Dilip Venkatraman, former chief executive officer of CNN-IBN and IBN7, has joined iTV Network as the group COO, Strategy and Business Development.

Dilip Venkatraman

Kartikeya Sharma

It may be recalled that Venkatraman's wife, Savvy Dilip joined iTV Network as group chief marketing officer last year. She was also with Network18 where she was responsible for the marketing operations of CNN-IBN and IBN7. The duo had launched a consumer-focused digital media company, Vigovea Media last year.

Venkatraman, in his new role, will be responsible for planning strategic solutions and business development for the network. He will be reporting to Kartikeya Sharma, managing director, iTV Network.

Says Sharma, "I am delighted to welcome Dilip on board as the new Group COO. His strong track record of delivering growth and understanding of the industry, brands and advertisers will be a great asset for us as he joins us at this juncture of aggressive growth."

On joining the iTV network, Venkatraman comments, "iTV Network is now at a very exciting point in its journey where it is all set to emerge as the India's most profitable and largest TV News Network. I am looking forward to drive the growth momentum and add significant contribution to strengthen the network through innovative and effective strategic solutions."

Venkatraman brings with him over 23 years of corporate experience, including three years in the USA. He has held many key positions at the India Today Group and the Zee Network. A Graduate in public administration, he also completed his management programme from IIM Bangalore, and the advanced management program from Harvard Business School, Boston.

For the record, ITV Network owns NewsX, India News and five regional news channels in the Hindi heartland. The network also runs Good Morning India Media, which has in its portfolio 'Aaj Samaj', a fast-growing daily in north India and 'The Sunday Guardian', a Sunday newspaper.