Head of ESPN Star Sports resigns

July 2, 2010

The managing director of ESPN Star Sports India, R C Venkateish, has resigned with immediate effect after seven years in the job.

In a statement issued by the network it said Venkateish is moving on “to pursue other interests”. The decision to part ways was mutual, the statement adds.

While it is too soon to name Venkateish’s replacement, his number two and ESPN Software India (ESI) COO,  Vijay Rajput, will act as general manager in the mean time.

Confirming Venkateish’s departure, managing Director of ESPN Star Sports Asia, Manu Sawhney, said: “Over the past seven years since his appointment in 2003, Venki has made a significant contribution to the business in India.

“Working closely with the team, Venki, with his passion and dedication, has further strengthened our powerful ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket brands across the South Asia region. We thank Venki for his contributions and wish him all the best for the future.

“Vijay Rajput, chief operating officer – ESI, who has been a key member of the ESI management team for over 12 years and who has worked closely on various key facets of the business in India, including finance and legal & sales, will act as the general manager of ESI in the interim until we announce Venki’s successor.”

Venkateish himself said: “I would like to thank everyone at ESPN Star Sports India for their support in the past seven years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team which I believe is the best in the industry.

“Their commitment, passion and dedication has helped the company build a formidable base from which to continue its development and I am confident that it will continue to further grow for years to come.”

He added: “I will take a break for a month and then will explore options in a similar space.”