Viacom18's Sudhanshu Vats New BARC India Chairman
Dated: December 13, 2016
BARC India's board has elected Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO, Viacom18 Media as its new chairman. This follows Punit Goenka, MD and CEO, Zee Entertainment, completing his tenure as chairman. Vats heads Viacom18 which is one of India’s fastest growing media organisations with a 40X growth in topline since inception. Under Vats's, leadership the group has expanded its channel footprint from six to over 36 channels and has set up three new lines of business. A management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, Vats is a Hindustan Unilever (Unilever India) veteran and invested around 20 years in the organisation in varied roles. Vats has been associated with BARC India since its inception as a member of the board of directors.
He said, "It is indeed an honour and a privilege to be elected as the chairperson of BARC India. In a span of two years, BARC India has been able to build a strong TV viewership measurement system. I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to take the work being done by the entire team to the next level. I feel privileged because this comes at a time when our industry is about to enter its next growth orbit and a robust, comprehensive measurement system will only accelerate this transition. Finally, measurement and analytics is an area of personal interest and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to learn more about it."
Goenka said, "Being the Chairman of BARC India has been a great experience. It has been a great ride, and indeed an exciting one. We started off with certain ideologies of being transparent, robust and being able to measure “What India Watches”. The team at BARC India has been able to achieve this. We brought in a lot of changes in the TV viewership measurement system in order to make it comparable to global standards and to a great extent have been able to achieve that. I wish Sudhanshu all the best for all the future endeavours."
Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India, said, "We welcome Sudhanshu as our new chairman. Being a veteran in the industry, Sudhanshu will bring in his larger perspective in the media and entertainment space. Punit, as the first chairman has given the team the right thrust and the BARC team thanks him for his whole-hearted support."