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K Madhavan to replace Sanjay Gupta as country manager, Star and Disney India

Gupta moved on from the network to join Google as its country head and VP sales and operations - India.

In an internal e-mail sent out to all the Star and Disney India employees, Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman, Disney and Star India announced that K Madhavan, MD South, Star India will be Sanjay Gupta's replacement as the new country manager, Star and Disney India.

Gupta moved on from the network to join Google as its country head and VP sales and operations - India.

Madhavan currently oversees the business ventures of Star in four southern states and a portfolio of regional channels in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

He was made the MD of South by Star India in 2016. Madhavan was one of the stakeholders in the Kerala-headquartered Asianet Network which got acquired by Star India. In 2008, Star India bought the controlling stake in the network by acquiring 51 per cent stake and by 2014 it owned 100 per cent in Asianet.

Madhavan continued his stint after the acquisition and will now become the country manager of Star and Disney India. All the vertical heads will now report to Madhavan.