Top level exits at Star Sports, CEO Gautam Thakar and three EVPs quit

MUMBAI: Four top level heads of Star Sports have stopped, including president and CEO Gautam Thakar, only days after Uday Shankar reported his takeoff from the telecaster even as IPL has made a strong beginning in spite of the Covid-19 interruption.

The three other chief VPs, who have likewise placed in their papers, are – Ashok Namboodiri (business head – provincial games organization), Rajiv Mathrani, (advertising head) and Rupali Fernandes (rising games).

K Madhavan, overseeing chief, Star & Disney India had assembled the conference of top rung at Star Sports on Monday to educate the group regarding Thakar’s choice and height of Sanjog Gupta, head of sports content (Production & Programming), to Thakar’s job, a profoundly positioned source told ET.

“Apart from Gautam, Ashok, Rajiv and Rupali have also tendered their renews24nationations,” the source stated, mentioning secrecy.

Namboodiri had joined Star India in April 2016 as head of Kannada area, and was later given charge of the whole local games organization.

Mathrani joined Star Sports in September 2018 as head of advertising. Before that he was boss brand and online official at Airtel.

Fernandes, who has been with the organization for over 23 years, had worked in advertisement deals capacities across English amusement, mass diversion, just as developing games.

An email inquiry sent to Star & Disney India didn’t inspire any reaction till press time Monday.

A week ago, Uday Shankar, executive of Star & Disney India and leader of the Walt Disney Asia Pacific, had ventured down from his function after 13 years with the Star organization.

An individual near Thakar said that he had been pondering beginning his own enterprising endeavor since some time, and may move back to the US.

Preceding joining Star Sports in January 2018, Thakar was in the US, filling in as CEO of Groupon-possessed online commercial center LivingSocial. A year ago, he additionally acknowledged US citizenship and since some time individuals near him knew about his innovative desire.

Under Thakar, Star Sports organization’s incomes developed to Rs 7,500 crore. The organization likewise ventured into local space with devoted games directs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bangla.

Thakar didn’t react to ET’s calls.

Then, Sanjog Gupta who is supplanting Thakar, is experienced at Star and one of Shankar’s compatriots.

He had joined Star India in 2010 as AVP and was thusly advanced as head of cricket activity in 2015 and EVP in July 2017.