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Airtel Digital TV appoints Sunil Taldar as CEO

MUMBAISunil Taldar has been appointed as the CEO and director of Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel.

Taldar takes over from Shashi Arora who, after a successful stint of close to five years as CEO of Airtel Digital TV, was moved to a new responsibility as MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank.

Sunil Taldar inside styTaldar will be a member of the Airtel management board and report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

In his new role, Taldar will be responsible for driving Airtel Digital TV’s growth and innovation. The DTH unit is a key growth driver within Bharti Airtel’s B2C portfolio.

Commenting on the appointment, Vittal said, “We are pleased to have Sunil as part of our leadership team and hope that his rich experience across consumer facing categories will add value to our DTH portfolio. I wish Sunil all the best for his new role and look forward to working with him. I would also thank Shashi for his valuable contribution to Airtel Digital TV.”

Taldar has a rich experience of over 28 years in the FMCG industry with Mondelez (erstwhile Cadbury), where he held several senior leadership positions across multiple geographies including India, China and Singapore, across sales, marketing and media.

In his last role, Taldar was Country Head – Indonesia for Mondelez, where he played a critical role in turning around the business. Prior to this, he was India sales director for Cadbury where he transformed the company’s go-to-market capabilities and delivered solid growth.

As of 30 September 2016, Airtel Digital TV’s subscriber base stood at 12.4 million. In Q2 of FY17, the business recorded a revenue growth of 21% and customer growth of 17%.