After CEO Gautam Thakar’s resignation, 3 more Star Sports executives quit

Star Sports CEO Gautam Thakar has stepped down from his position. Sanjog Gupta, Executive Vice President of Star TV Network, will be heading the sports division in his place. It’s a big development considering that Star Sports is currently in the middle of broadcast of their biggest sporting property Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). 

Other than Thakar, three top executives of Star Sports, have resigned just days after Uday Shankar announced his departure from the broadcaster even as IPL got off to a solid start despite the Covid-19 disruption.

It is also being reliably learnt that Rupali Fernandes (emerging sports), Ashok Namboodiri (business head – regional sports network) & Rajiv Mathrani, (marketing head) also put in their papers.

Earlier last week, Uday Shankar had stepped down as president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman, Star & Disney India, effective as of December 31, 2020, it was announced by Rebecca Campbell, Chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment.

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According to sources close to the development, the talks of his departure were on for some time. However, his last date at India’s largest sports broadcaster has not been decided yet. In the interim period, Star TV Network executive vice president Sanjog Gupta will be handling his responsibilities.

K Madhavan, managing director of Star & Disney India, had called a meeting of the top rung at Star Sports on Monday. It was conveyed in the meeting that Sanjog Gupta, head of sports content (production & programming) will be elevated to take up Thakar’s role.

Star Sports CEO Gautam Thakar steps down, Sanjog Gupta to head sports vertical

According to sources close to the development, the talks of his departure were on for some time. However, his last date at India’s largest sports broadcaster has not been decided yet. In the interim period, Star TV Network executive vice president Sanjog Gupta will be handling his responsibilities.

Thakar was appointed as Star Sports CEO back in 2018. In his career which spans over two decades, he has worked with renowned brands like LivingSocial, eBay, P&G. He has an MBA from IIM Lucknow and prior to that a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai.