Uday Shankar has been elected as Vice-President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for 2018-19 at the 91st AGM of the apex industry body.
Shankar is currently Chairman and CEO of Star India and President of 21st Century Fox Asia-Pacific (only Asia). He was recently appointed Chairman, Star and Disney India and President of the Walt Disney Company, Asia-Pacific, a role that he will take over after the takeover of 21CF by Disney. He is the first Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber like FICCI.
With over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, he played a leadership role in making Star India reach over 720 million viewers a month across the country and more than 100 other countries.
As Chairman of the FICCI Media and Entertainment Committee and former President of the Indian Broadcasting Federation, he has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and pushing for access for consumers to digitised distribution.
Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become the CEO and Editor of ‘Star News’ after spearheading the launch of the 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.
Shankar holds an M. Phil in Economic History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.