Chief Executive Officer, ABP Network President, NBDA
Having served the ABP Group since 2005 in various roles, Mr. Avinash Pandey donned the mantle of CEO of ABP Network in January 2019. Previously, he served for over 7 years as the Group's Chief Operating Officer. He steered the transformation of the channel from Star News to ABP News in 2012, along with its rebranding and repositioning in 2020. With over 26 years of experience in the Media sector, his illustrious career includes a stint with the Indian Express Group and TV Today Group. He is the serving President of the News Broadcasters & Digital Association (NBDA). He is also the President of the International Advertising Association (IAA) India Chapter. A true industry specialist, he is the Director of the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) and a former Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the National Council on Media & Entertainment of Assocham. Additionally, he has been a member of several committees, including the Media & Entertainment Committee of FICCI, Panel Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Outreach & Communication for the release of government advertisements, and the Committee of Experts appointed by the I&B Ministry on ethical standards in media coverage. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Mr. Pandey also holds a degree in History and a postgraduate degree in Modern Indian History from Delhi University. Mr. Avinash Pandey has won numerous awards and accolades, most notably the CEO of the Year Award at ENBA 2022 and the CEO of the Year Award at the National Awards for Excellence 2022. He has been honoured as the Media Person of the Year by the Indian Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA). Among many other honours, he is also a recipient of the Business Leader of the Year - 2018 Award and The News Television CEO of the Year - 2019 Award. Under his leadership, the ABP News Channel won the Most Popular Hindi New Channel Award at the ITA Awards in 2022.
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Chief Financial Officer
Chief Finance Officer , Mr. Pushan Chakravarty has been with ABP Network since 2013 and has played a significant role in the financial management of the entity. He has over 21 years of experience with companies such as A. F. Ferguson, Tata Motors, Organon India, and ABP Group, among others. Currently heading the Finance ,Supply Chain Management Commercial, Legal and Regulatory functions at ABP Network, he attended St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. He is a Chartered Accountant. He enjoys movies, music, and sports when he is not working on ground-breaking advancements in the media domain. Pushan’s main mantra in life: ‘Don't be too serious about life.’
Chief Technical Officer
An integral member of the ABP Network since 2005, Chief Technology Officer Subrata Dutta is playing a pivotal role in the technical management of all channels. With extensive industry experience spanning over 32 years, he has contributed greatly in the success of media groups such as ABP Network, TV Today Network and Star Sports, and others. A professional engineer, Subrata attended Stanford Graduate School of Business’ ‘The Innovative Technology Leader’ programme for CIOs in 2018. Other than shaping the media landscape, he loves gardening and spending time with his pets. Subrata’s main mantra in life: ‘To help needy people for making society a better place.’
Chief Digital Officer
Mr. Vijay Jung Thapa, the Chief Digital Officer at ABP Network, has worked in the digital, television, and print media for over 25 years. Previously, he has held different leadership positions at The Times of India, India Today, Star News, Hindustan Times, and Star India. He was a member of the team that launched Hotstar and helped it become a global brand. He holds a B.A. (Hons) from Hindu College, Delhi University, as well as a Gordon Fisher Fellowship from the University of Toronto in 2000.
Vice President – People Practice
Ms. Kavita Dasan, has been associated with ABP Network since 2019 and has a rich experience of 21 years in the media industry. She is a woman of many talents and is a Certified Strength Coach by Gallup, ICF accredited in Brain Based Coaching, Marshal Goldsmith Certified Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner, Emotional Intelligence Coaching Practitioner, and Certified in Designing and Assessing Assessment Center by Mercer. She is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a Master’s degree in HR & IR. She spends most of her time reading travel books. Moreover, she is a passionate follower of positive psychology and belief in human transformations. Her life’s mantra is ‘not merely to survive, but to thrive and do so with some compassion, some humor, some humility and lot of grace!’
Senior Vice President - Marketing
Ms. Rama Paul has been associated with ABP Network since 2015. During her time at ABP Network, she has been instrumental in the successful launch of ABP Asmita and ABP Ganga. With 28 years of experience, she formerly worked as a true industry expert for organizations like Dabur, Mudra and Universal McCann. Rama is a Delhi University topper with a BSc. in Mathematics and a PG Diploma in Advertising, Marketing and PR. Outside of work, she spends her time, watching TED videos and keeping up with upcoming industry developments. Her life mantra is “Correlation does not imply causation.”
Senior Vice President – Distribution
Mr. Sanjay Roy has been associated with ABP Network since 2005. With 25 years of rich experience, he has made some path-breaking inventions in the media industry. A professional lawyer, he has completed his LLB and BSc. hons. He also holds a master's in Business Administration. He is a cricket aficionado, loves to play chess and travel. His mantra in life is "To be an individual who can make a difference everywhere I can and inspire others where I cannot; at the same time also stand out from the crowd instead of being cool or trendy."
Executive Editor – Outreach
Mohit Roy Sharma, Executive Editor, Outreach at ABP Network since 2021, has 23 years of combined work experience in the PR and Media industry. He started his career in public relations rising quickly, within a short period of time, to become principal consultant with what happened to be one of India's top public relations at the time.
After almost 6 years in PR, Mohit moved to India Today and the TV sector. Here too he immediately began handling projects and took on responsibilities that set precedents and benchmarks for the profession. He was a key member of teams that launched the Aaj Tak and later the Headlines Today/India Today News Channels, India Today Conclave, Red FM radio station, TV Today IPO, and a slew of other Group firsts.
In between Mohit took a sabbatical from his career to study public relations and marketing at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. He had brief stints at BARC India (Broadcast Audience Research Council) and The Wave Group after leaving India Today Group in 2019. Mohit is fond of tracking current affairs and reading biographies.
Executive Vice President – News & Production, ABP News and ABP Majha
Mr. Rajiv Khandekar is renowned for being one of the first few journalists who highlighted the draughts in Maharashtra and the instances of farmer’s suicide in Vidarbha. Rajiv is the Executive Vice President of News & Production, ABP News and ABP Majha. A widely acclaimed Marathi journalist with over 30 years of work experience in both print and electronic media. He has worked with Indian Express group as political correspondent for Loksatta in Delhi and then Resident Editor in Mumbai. He also worked as Bureau Chief of ETV in Mumbai. He is an alumnus of Ranade Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication, Pune. A prolific writer and an accomplished author in Marathi, he has gained much fame and recognitions for his stylish writing and in-depth reporting.
Senior Vice President - News & Programming, ABP Ananda
A legend of the Bengali news broadcasting industry, Mr. Suman De is known to have revolutionised the regional news space with a Midas touch, covering Nandigram to Suchitra Sen and everything in between. He has been associated with ABP Ananda as its Senior Vice President since over a decade. Having spent over 23 years in the media industry, Suman has grown up the ranks through companies such as Zee News, Star News, and Star Ananda. When he is not busy dissecting news down to the smallest details, he could be found travelling and writing, which is evident through the several books he has authored based on his travels.
Senior Vice President - News & Production, ABP News
A seasoned professional, Sant Prasad Rai, is presently the Senior Vice President – News & Production of ABP News. Having worked with news channels like TV9, Zee News, India TV, News24, Sahara Samay, and ETV UP, Sant has earned rich industry experience spanning over 24 years. He is instrumental in employing new and distinctive techniques to foster a taste and unrivalled curiosity for international news. With his vast expertise, he established a new trend in the television industry as a result of which both important and trivial international events are now comprehensively covered. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He likes indulging his time in reading, writing, traveling, and playing cricket. His main motto in life is “Keep going till you reach your goal. It's because nothing in the universe is impossibly difficult if your intention is strong.”
Executive Editor - ABP Asmita
The Executive Editor of ABP Asmita, Ronak Patel has over 21 years of experience. He began his journalistic career with Zee Telefilms’s Alpha Gujarati, a regional Gujarati channel as a representative of Surat and surrounding areas (2000-2003). In the year 2003, he joined Star News as a reporter for Surat and South Gujarat. During his stint with Star News, he broke many exclusive news stories pertaining to Gujarat and nearby Maharashtra districts. From Star News to ABP Network, he continued to be with the group till 2014 as a representative of South Gujarat bureaus. He briefly left organization and worked with Sandesh News as an associate editor (2014-15) and then re-joined ABP Network group (2015) with the launch of regional Gujarati news channel ABP Asmita as producer and assignment lead.
Vice President - News & Programming
An integral member of the ABP family, Rohit Saval the Vice President of News & Programming of ABP Ganga, has been at the helm of ABP Ganga's news & programming since 2020. With almost 20 years of experience behind him, Rohit has not only been a key member of organisations such as the eTV group & the iTV network, but also has a proven track record of launching and establishing several regional news channels as market leaders during his career. A firm believer in team work, Rohit has been instrumental in making ABP Ganga one of the leading news channels of the region.
Associate Vice President – ABP Sanjha
The laureate of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award, Mr. Jagwinder Patial, the Associate Vice President of ABP Sanjha, has played a critical role in propelling the Punjabi News channel ABP Sanjha to new heights. With over 24 years of extensive news media experience, he started his career with print media, and moved to ABP News in 2005, and has been associated with the channel ever since. He holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication before formally joining the industry. Aside from his passion for high risk assignments, he is also a fitness aficionado. He likes indulging his time in reading literature related to terrorism, conflicts and CIA. Mr. Patial’s main motto in life is ‘Journalism is not my job, it’s my passion.’
Head – Digital Content Strategy
Tushar leads online content and audience growth for ABP Network's digital arm and has been a key member of the ABP family since 2019. He has extensive experience in content production and digital products management spanning over 12 years. He has contributed immensely towards the success of media groups such as ABP Network, NDTV Convergence, BBC World Service and Quintillion Media. A news junkie at heart, Tushar attended Stanford Graduate School of Business' "Design Thinking" programme for digital leaders in 2020. Other than shaping the future of news, he likes mentoring young talent and solving complex business problems."
Editor - ABP Nadu
With more than 26 years of experience in Journalism, K. ShanmugaSundaram aka SS is leading ABP Nadu. He is a seasoned professional who has worked with Dinamani – the oldest Tamil daily, NDTV, Sun News and BBC before his stint with ABP Nadu. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the New College, Chennai that's affiliated to the University of Madras. Apart from family & work, other sources of inspiration for him include music, sports, books, and films. His mantra for life & work is: ‘Mountains to Climb, Challenges to win’.
Digital Editor - ABP Desam
Having an experience of 18+ Years in the field of journalism, Nagesh has been with ABP Since May 2021. He led the launch Of ABP Desam, a digital news media platform, the first venture of ABP In Telugu. Before his stint at ABP, he worked in Eenadu -ETV Group for 17+ years climbing to key positions over time. In that time,he oversaw 4 general elections in the Telugu States and state Elections In Karnataka. He has completed his diploma in journalism from Eenadu Journalism School & Master of Science and public Relations degree from Sri Venkateswara University.