STAR India has not looked too far for a COO. The organisation has roped in STAR News CEO Uday Shankar for the post. With this, the three Presidents at STAR -- Paritosh Joshi, President-Sales, Ajay Vidyasagar who will be made President-Content & Communication, and Vijay Singh, President-Corporate Development & Strategy, will report to Shankar, who in turn will report to STAR Hong Kong and acting STAR India CEO Paul Aiello.
Internal sources further inform that it is yet not decided whether STAR will still continue the hunt for a CEO post this development, or Shankar would be subsequently elevated.
STAR India had both its CEOs -- Peter Mukerjea (CEO, STAR Group) and Sameer Nair (CEO, STAR Entertainment) quit earlier in the year. The dual unit structure is not in place at present. Following the exit of the two CEOs, STAR India has lost a significant number of people in its senior and middle-management positions.
This includes Senior Creative Director Shailja Kejriwal, Distribution Head Tony D’Silva, Legal Head Ajay Sharma and others like Juhi Ravindranath in Sales, Gaurav Gandhi in Programming and Karan Singh from operations -- and the list goes on.
Shankar will assume his new position soon. No details were available on his replacement at STAR News. Prior to STAR News, he was with Aaj Tak.