Republic ropes in Vikas Khanchandani as CEO

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | January 24, 2017
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He will head the business of an upcoming independent media venture.

Vikas Khanchandani, former chief business officer of Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) has joined Republic, a soon to be launched independent platform for journalists and content professionals, as the chief executive officer. With over two decades of working across ad sales, digital, television and media technology, Khanchandani will play an integral role to grow Republic as an independent media tech company.

Vikas Khanchandani

Arnab Goswami

According to the press release shared by the agency, Arnab Goswami, founder of Republic, has been recruiting for catalysts for his team who would make his new venture a comprehensive set up for the new media landscape.

Speaking about his new role, Khandchandani says, "I am looking forward to working with Republic as I believe in the core objective and vision of launching the first global independent media venture. I am certain we will change the media scenario in India"

Commenting on Khandchandani's appointment, Goswami, says, "We are delighted to welcome Vikas on board. He is a great leader and joins us with a very strong industry experience across multimedia platforms. Together, we believe, we will create the No. 1 News Channel in India."

Khanchandani is a senior media industry professional with nearly two decades of experience. After an initial stint of running his family business in Medium Enterprise Financing and Estate Management, he joined STAR TV as a key member of the Strategic Planning and Management team, which worked on sales strategies for the entire bouquet of channels across multiple genres. After STAR TV, Khanchandani was part of the core leadership team which set up NDTV Media.

As senior vice-president - advertising sales in charge of the English and Hindi news channels of NDTV, he played an important role in helping the NDTV network optimally monetise its revenue potential. Apart from co-founding Aidem Ventures, he played the dual role of managing existing businesses of Aidem with his operational skills. For the next five years, he drove the various businesses with undying enthusiasm, raw energy and a keen sense of fair play and vision, expanding into Digital advertising in a major way.

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