FICCI elevates Uday Shankar as senior vice president

MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company APAC President and Star & Disney India chairman Uday Shankar has been elevated as Senior Vice President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

In December 2018, Shankar had joined FICCI leadership as vice president (VP). He is also the chairman of the FICCI Media And Entertainment Committee.

Shankar leads the charge for Disney’s transformation into a direct-to-consumer company in the most exciting region of the world. Prior to this, Shankar was president of 21st Century Fox for Asia and the chairman & CEO of Star India.

In addition to his leadership of Star, Shankar has played a key role in shaping the media and entertainment sector in India, bringing reforms for the industry and its consumers. He has been at the forefront of landmark initiatives in television broadcasting including self-regulation and digitization of the television distribution ecosystem.

A trained journalist, Shankar also pioneered the development of the TV news ecosystem in India. Prior to Star India, he was the CEO and editor of Star News, which was the first 24-hour news channel in India. He was also the editor and news director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of Aaj Tak, a leading Hindi news channel, in 2000 and Headlines Today, a leading English news channel, in 2003.

Shankar holds an M. Phil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, has taken over as FICCI President from Sandip Somany, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, HSIL Limited, at the apex chamber’s 92nd Annual Convention in New Delhi. Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of HUL, has joined FICCI leadership as Vice President.

Dr. Sangita Reddy, a Global Healthcare Influencer, Healthcare Technocrat, a keen watcher of Indian and global economy with deep insights on the new-age businesses, and above all a Social Entrepreneur and Humanitarian, will be FICCI President for 2019-20.

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