Fox promotes Star India's Shankar to Asia president
Media giant 21st Century Fox has promoted Uday Shankar, head of its pay-TV broadcaster Star India, to president of the Asia division.
In his new role, Shankar will lead Fox’s video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with management on key strategic initiatives in the region.
He will continue to serve as chairman and chief executive for Star India.
Shankar has been chief executive of Star India since 2007, adding the chairmanship to his responsibilities in April 2016.
Zubin Gandevia, president of Fox Networks Group Asia, will continue to oversee video brands across 14 markets and will now report to Shankar.
Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, and his brother, chief executive James Murdoch, said in a joint statement: “Uday’s new role will enhance our strategic focus across all of Asia and enable us to further capture opportunities, building on the transformation Star India has driven in our most important growth market.
“Under Uday’s leadership, our India business has firmly established itself as a world-class asset with durable businesses across entertainment, sports, satellite distribution and OTT. His strategic vision has put 21CF at the forefront of content and distribution in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and we are very fortunate to benefit from Uday’s expanded leadership at a global level.”