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BBC Worldwide appoints Amit Arora as business development for Asia

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide has appointed Amit Arora as head of business development for Asia. He will take on a strategy and business development brief across the region.

Arora joins from Delta Partners, a specialist telecom, media and technology consultancy, and has over a decade’s experience in media and telecom. He previously worked for Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner Cable in the US. He reports to director of business development and digital, global markets Nick Percy.

BBC Worldwide has also made three more senior hires across business and legal affairs, finance, HR and business development for its Asia business.

Based in Singapore, they will travel throughout the region to support BBC Worldwide Asia’s businesses in India, Greater China, Korea, Japan and South East Asia.

The new additions are:

Laura Byrnes, VP, head of business and legal affairs for Asia was previously NBC Universal Asia Pacific director, legal and business affairs. Prior to Universal, she worked for BSkyB and Turner/Time Warner. Laura reports to BBC Worldwide director of business and legal affairs, global markets, UK and Australasia Robin Chalmers.

Laura Roscoe who is HR business partner, Asia was previously at Barclays where she had been running their Asian employee engagement programme. She has worked as a HR business partner in both the UK and Asia. She reports to head of HR, global markets Sarah Robinson.

James Wildbore joins as VP finance, Asia and will be responsible for developing and managing Asia finances as well as providing commercial, operational, business developmental and strategic direction for the business. James is currently Disney executive director, finance, media networks Southeast Asia. He reports to finance director, global markets Grant Welland.

The new hires sit in the London office. The announcement of new hires follows David Weiland’s appointment as EVP, Asia.

BBC Worldwide executive VP, Asia David Weiland said, “I’m delighted that Laura, Laura, Amit and James are joining BBC Worldwide in Asia. These senior and experienced hires across all of our corporate functions will enhance our capability to further grow the BBC brand in Asia and underline the company’s commitment to the region.”