Star India chairman Uday Shankar joins FICCI as VP

MUMBAI: Indian broadcast spearhead Uday Shankar has joined The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) leadership as vice president (VP).

Shankar is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber like FICCI, which is also the oldest in the country. He is also the FICCI Media And Entertainment Committee chairman.

He is currently Star India chairman, CEO, 21st Century Fox Asia-Pacific (Only Asia) president. The latter role he will take over after the takeover of 21st Century Fox by Disney takes place.

Shankar has been a leading voice in the Indian media and broadcasting sector, shaping reforms for the industry and its consumers. In the past, he was Indian Broadcasting Federation president. Ficci noted that he has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and pushing access for consumers to the digitised distribution.

Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become Star News CEO, editor after spearheading the successful launch of country’s first 24-hour Hindi news channel Aaj Tak in 2000, and ‘Headlines Today’ in English in 2003, as Editor and News Director of the ‘TV Today’ Group.

Meanwhile, FICCI has also elected Sandip Somany as its president for 2018-19, after the conclusion of its 91st Annual General Meeting. He is HSIL vice chairman, MD. Somany will be working closely with Government and business leaders towards spearheading the country’s economic growth and promote inclusiveness. He was previously working as FICCI senior VP.

Sangita Reddy has now been elevated as Ficci senior VP for 2018-19. She is Apollo Hospitals Group joint MD. FICCI added that with this, Ficci’s top leadership for 2018-19 represents a diverse expertise domain from manufacturing, healthcare and media and entertainment.

Somany said, “I am thankful for Ficci’s vote of confidence in appointing me as the President. This position is a great opportunity as it will allow me to continue to work within FICCI to meet its objectives aligned with industries at large and our country. I look forward to engaging with industry stalwarts and leaders to foster an ecosystem of innovation and growth, together building consensus between industry and policy.”

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