Arnab Goswami, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media Network, has announced new management roles across the business and editorial functions, as he plans a stronger digital and language foray in coming months.
Hersh Bhandari, who was serving as Executive Vice President (Revenue) will take the role of Chief Operating Officer for Republic Bharat. He will now lead to expand the team working out of the Networks’ Noida and Gurgaon offices, to include brand management, marketing and national network sales.
Bhandari will also lead the revenue functions for North and East India for English news channel Republic TV.
Priya Mukherjee, who was serving as President, Distribution and International Revenue, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer - Distribution, International Revenue and OTT.
Mukherjee, who is responsible for ensuring deepest reach for the network channels, will be undertaking the OTT portfolio, and expand the team to handle the three verticals that come under her. On cable, Mukherjee has already placed Republic in 12 countries across 4 continents. As part of the digital expansion plan, Republic will increase engagement with OTT platforms.
Goswami said, “Hersh is a rock-solid pillar of our business side, and as COO he will ensure that Republic Bharat’s position as the No. 1 Hindi News Brand in India becomes even stronger.
“Priya has exceptional business skills and vast experience. She has successfully taken our brand across North America, UK, MENA, Southeast Asia and Australasia. In India, she is respected for her understanding of the cable industry. With OTT now under her, Republic is ready for the next stage of growth.”
Vikas Khanchandani, Group CEO of Republic Media Network, said, “Both Priya and Hersh are astute and committed professionals who have been working tirelessly to build our organisation. I am extremely happy to have them as a part of our team and wish them all the very best in their new roles.”
Bhandari said, “I’m extremely excited about my new role and responsibility in the organisation. The pace at which the network is growing allows me to explore and do more as we build an integrated TV + Digital ecosystem which is future-ready. I look forward to being a part of a strong management team to deliver and learn in this endeavour.”
Mukherjee said, “It has been an incredible fast paced 3 years with Republic Media Network. Arnab's vision has made the Network India's No.1 News Brand of International repute and recognition. Under Vikas's leadership am excited to lead the networks digital reach and growth as well.”