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Raghav Bahl
Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri
B Sai Kumar
Rajdeep Sardesai
Vandana Malik
R D S Bawa
Senthil Chengalvarayan
Sanjay Pugalia
Sundeep Malhotra
Sarbvir Singh
Farhad K Wadia
Nikhil Wagle
Ajay Chacko
Management
Senior Corporate Executives
Raghav Bahl
Founding/Controlling Shareholder & Managing Director, Network18
Raghav Bahl, 51 years, is the Controlling Shareholder and Managing Director of Network 18. Raghav began his career as a management consultant with A.F. Ferguson & Co. followed by a stint with American Express Bank before he launched TV18, his production house. Winner of the Sanskriti Award for Journalism in 1994, he has over 24 years of experience in television and journalism. He founded TV18 (now Network18 Group) in the year 1993.

Raghav is a widely admired entrepreneur and was hailed as a Global Leader of tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He was also selected by Ernst & Young as 'Entrepreneur of The Year (2007) for Business Transformation'. Raghav has been awarded the AIMA award for the Media Person of the Year in 2011 and BMA recognized him as the ‘Entrepreneur of The Year (2011). He has been conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil), Honoris Causa by Amity University, Uttar Pradesh (2011).

Raghav has been instrumental in crafting successful Joint Ventures with media giants like CNBC, NBC Universal, Viacom, Time Warner, Forbes, A&E Networks and GS Homeshopping (Korea).

An Economics graduate from St. Stephens College, he has done his MBA from the University of Delhi.

Raghav has also authored the book ‘S U P E R P O W E R? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’.
Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri
Executive Director in the group
Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri, 44 years, is Co-founder and Executive Director of the group. He started his career as an independent documentary film-maker for Doordarshan. He went on to direct and present India's first indigenously produced show for satellite television, The India Show. He also received the Onida Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Television in 1995 and a docu-drama series he directed called Bhanwar won the Jury's Choice Award for the Videocon-Screen Awards in 1999 . He has also directed quite a few music videos, corporate films, ad films, chat shows, game-shows and business shows for television. He handles programme development and design and looks after the creative and technological aspects of production for Network18. He is currently working on his first feature film.

He is an English Honours Graduate from St. Stephens College, Delhi University. He also holds a Degree in Masters in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications Research Centre.
B Sai Kumar
Group CEO, Network18
B. Sai Kumar, 39 years, is the Group CEO of Network18. He oversees the group’s diverse portfolio of assets spanning news & entertainment broadcasting, digital & print publishing, filmed entertainment, digital commerce and other allied businesses. This includes a TV network comprising more than fifteen national and regional channels straddling General & Business news, Mass entertainment, Youth, Kids, English entertainment, Factual entertainment and Home shopping genres. The group also operates a bouquet of web portals and a stable of special interest magazines apart from having a presence in areas such as entertainment ticketing, virtual commerce, broadcast services.

Responsible for the strategic and operational management of the group, Kumar leads management teams of all group businesses including the IBN general news network (CNN-IBN,IBN7,IBN-Lokmat),CNBC-TV18/Awaaz business news network (CNBC-TV18,CNBC Awaaz,CNBC-TV18 Prime HD), Web18 (moneycontrol.com,ibnlive.com,in.com,firspost.com etc), Forbes India, Network18 Publishing (Overdrive, Better Photography etc) amongst others. Apart from this, Kumar oversees the group’s interests in A+E Networks|TV18 (HistoryTV18),Viacom18 (Colors, Colors HD, MTV, Nick, Sonic, Nick Jr./Teen Nick,Vh1,Comedy Central, Viacom18 Motion Pictures), HomeShop18 and Bigtree entertainment (bookmyshow.com)
Rajdeep Sardesai
Editor-in-Chief, IBN News Network
Rajdeep Sardesai, 48 years, is the Editor-in-chief of IBN News Network. He has 25 years of journalistic experience in print and television. Prior to setting up the IBN channels, he was the Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India and was responsible for overseeing the news policy for both the channels. He has also worked with The Times of India for 6 years and was city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. During the last 20 years, he has covered major national and international stories, specialising in national politics. He has won numerous other awards for journalistic excellence, including the prestigious Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008, the International Broadcasters award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award for 2007. He has won the Asian Television award for talk show presentation and has been News Anchor of the year at the Indian Television Academy awards for eight of the last nine years. He has been the President of the Editors Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the world economic forum.

He has completed his Masters and LLB from Oxford University.
Vandana Malik
Executive Director in the group
Vandana Malik, 50 years, is an Executive Director in the company. She started working for Network18 in 1994 as Mumbai Bureau chief. Prior to Network18, she had a brief stint with Business India group as Editorial Coordinator. At Network18, she has scripted & directed many features and profiles of various artistes for The India Show. For India Business Report, she has interviewed prominent business personalities. She also headed 18 Entertainment, a division of Network18 company.

She is a History Honours Graduate from Delhi University.
R D S Bawa
Chief Financial Officer of the group
Raman Deep Singh Bawa, 61 years, is the Chief Financial Officer for the group. He has 34 years of related work experience in cash flow planning, budgeting, liaison with banks and financial institutions, handling of public issues, project implementation, taxation, secretarial and other legal matters, MIS etc. Prior to joining Network18, he worked with BHEL, Trackparts of India Limited, Weston Components Limited and Bestavision Electronics Limited.

He is an Honours Graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and a Chartered Accountant.
Senthil Chengalvarayan
President & Editorial Director, TV18 Business Media
SenthilChengalvarayan, 49 years, is the President and Editorial Director of Network18’s Business Media. In this role, Senthil heads a host of verticals which form part of the group’s Business Media Ecosystem (this includes Business/Tech/Personal Finance magazines, financial portals, business wires and extensions of CNBC TV18 & CNBC Awaaz, business news on the mobile etc.). 

Prior to this, Senthil was the Managing Editor of CNBC TV18, a service he helped start as its editor in 1999. As a pioneer of Business Television in India he led a team of journalists that made CNBC TV18 the most successful media network in the Country. Senthil, who has been a business journalist for over two decades, spent his early years with some of India’s leading business dailies before joining Television Eighteen in 1994 when it was just a 30 man outfit. It was then a company pioneering the entry of private players into Television News in India. Senthil was a key participant in the effort that saw the industry break the shackles of government controlled news and grow into the phenomenon that it is today. 

Senthil has been an invited speaker at a number of industry seminars. He was voted as one of India’s top 5 English news anchors by the Hindustan Times C-Fore Survey in 2007, the first Business Anchor to be included in that list. He is also a recipient of the Young Achiever Award from the Indo US Business Council. 

A Graduate in Economics from Madras University, he has done his Masters in Journalism from the Times Research Foundation.
Sanjay Pugalia
Editor, CNBC Awaaz
Sanjay Pugalia, 52 years, is the Editor of CNBC Awaaz. He is a journalist with 25 years of experience across leading media organizations, both print and electronic. Prior to joining Network18, he was the News Director at Star News, having helped Star TV make its successful foray in the business of new dissemination in India. He also served as the Executive Editor of Zee News and Deputy Executive Producer at AajTak when these channels were evolving only to redefine Hindi TV journalism later on. His earlier experience also includes stints with the Navbharat Times, the Business Standard and BBC Radio. He has covered both political as well as corporate events with utmost ease.

He is a Graduate in Political Science & History.
Sundeep Malhotra
Chief Executive Officer, Home Shopping Venture
Sundeep Malhotra, 50 years, is the the Chief Executive Officer for the recently incorporated " Home Shopping Venture". Prior to joining Network18, he was the Executive Vice President Sales with PepsiCo India. In the six years with the organization, he was responsible for building & activating the fast emerging On Premise & Modern Trade sales channels for India & the Subcontinent. He was also spearheading the Key Customer relationships and building system capability to manage critical channels & relationships. Prior to Pepsi, he had a 5 year stint with Benetton India, as their GM Sales & Marketing for the Indian subcontinent and a 10 year stint with Bata India Ltd, across various functions from Brand Management to Retail Head.

He is a Graduate from Delhi University & has completed his Masters from AIMA, Delhi.
Sarbvir Singh
Managing Director, Capital18
Sarbvir Singh, 41 years is the Managing Director of Capital18. Sarbvir has 17years of global experience in investment management and business operations. He started his career with Emerson Electric in Hong Kong, responsible first for business development across Asia and then marketing in China. Subsequently, he spent five years with Citigroup in New York, where he was responsible for making investments in the global consumer sector. As the Managing Director of Capital18, Sarbvir has been responsible for identifying, investing in and scaling up ventures that meet the investment philosophy of Capital18. Over the past two years, Capital18 has emerged as one of the leading venture capital players in the media & entertainment space and is recognized as a partner of choice for high growth companies across the sector.

He holds a degree in business management from IIM Ahmedabad and is a graduate of IIT Delhi.
Farhad K Wadia
Chief Executive Officer, E18
Farhad K Wadia, 49 years, is the Chief Executive Officer of E18. Farhad has 25 years of rich experience in Entertainment, Events and Marketing Promotions and has successfully staged over 300 events across the World. He has also run an extremely successful Event Management Company & Sound Recording Facility in Bombay called Power Production, as the Founder and CEO. He was also with Channel 4 Radio & TV Networks UAE & Ajman TV as the General Manager of the Entire Network, heading their Events, Sales & Marketing. In his last assignment, he was working with Hindustan Times in New Delhi as Vice President - Events & Marketing.

Under his stewardship E18 has witnessed success in the live entertainment space & BTL / Activation space. E18 provides complete solutions for all below the line activities of corporate clients by functioning as a full service agency for corporate events - including product launches, corporate seminars, meets and conferences, retail marketing programmes, product promotions, road shows, and display promotions, event marketing, sponsorships, barter tie-ups and event promotions.

E 18 has 3 verticals which specialize in Corporate Events, Business Conclaves / Seminars and Live Entertainment.

He is a graduate in Arts (Economics) from Elphinstone College, Mumbai & has also done a course in Sound Engineering / Music business at the Elephant & Castle Polytechnic, London.
Nikhil Wagle
Editor, IBN Lokmat
Nikhil Wagle, 53 years, is the Editor of IBN Lokmat. Nikhil entered the world of journalism in 1977. After a short stint as a freelance writer he became the editor of the very first Marathi news weekly - 'Dinank'. Nikhil is one of the youngest editors in India. He joined the Kirloskar group of publication in 1982 as Editor of their youth weekly. Later, he started his own publishing house 'Akshar Prakashan.' Nikhil, in his span of career, has started various magazines and daily newspapers like Shatkar, Chanderi, Mahanagar, etc. As a journalist he has covered all major events over the last 30 years. Along with this, he has anchored various TV shows. Nikhil has also published more than a hundred books in marathi. 

Nikhil is a proud recipient of many National and State awards. He recently received the award for “Best Anchoring”. Nikhil Wagle is proud of being called “Aam Admi Ka Patrakar!”
Ajay Chacko
COO, Network18 & President, A+E Networks I TV18
Ajay Chacko, 40 years, is the COO of Network18. Ajay's role is to ensure operating efficiencies and margins across businesses. In this role, Ajay actively supports management teams across functions in leveraging the network’s diverse strengths and institutionalize processes and models that unleash value across the group and its ventures. He is also mandated with strengthening the business planning and monitoring processes as well as other critical support and staff functions across the group. Additionally, Ajay is the custodian of ‘Brand Network18’.Currently, Ajay also continues to serve as the President of A+E Networks I TV18, a joint venture between TV18 and A+E Networks, where he is responsible for the operational, strategic and financial management of the joint venture and its suite of channels and services.

In his earlier roles at Network18, Ajay has led many of the group’s businesses such as CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz and Forbes India and has been instrumental in their ascendance as market leading media brands in the country. Ajay has also led the group’s efforts in the business media domain as well as the successful launches of key digital properties of Network18. Prior to joining Network18, Ajay worked in financial services and media for over a decade. His earlier stints were with IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, India) and he has also been a part of the start-up team at Sharekhan. He started his career in the Indian Express Group where he worked in various capacities. Ajay is a Management Graduate from the Dept. of Management Studies, University of Pune. He also has a management qualification from IIM Bangalore.
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