About Us - Key Management: Reliance Broadcast Network Limited

Tarun Katial, Chief Executive Officer, RBNL

At the helm of one of India’s youngest media houses Reliance Broadcast Network., and with impressive stints at Star TV and Sony Entertainment Television, Tarun Katial, is considered to be one of the most successful executives in the Indian media industry.

In 1998, Tarun earned an MBA in marketing, and his self-confessed urge to do something ‘different and exciting’ saw him jump into the world of advertising where he spent three rewarding years with agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Enterprise Nexus and Ogilvy & Mather. He then joined the Star Network as Executive Vice President - Content and Communications before moving to Sony Entertainment Television as Business Head. Tarun has an established record of accomplishment through successful shows and has always been in perfect tune with what captivates the Indian consumer.

In early 2006, Tarun set out to launch 92.7 BIG FM, now India’s largest FM network with 45 Stations. He has been responsible for taking the radio business to a position of leadership and reaching the medium to the farthest corners of India. Synergizing well with its reputed radio business, he has led the Company’s foray into television broadcast with its flagship Hindi channel – BIG MAGIC and regional Entertainment Channel BIG MAGIC Bihar and Jharkhand. A well-crafted portfolio of synergetic businesses also includes BIG LIVE, which creates and markets intellectual properties, and BIG Productions, a division that functions as a content production house catering for the diverse creative needs of the Indian television landscape.

Other significant achievements in Tarun’s cap include being voted the NewsCorp Achiever for Asia and being included among the best in the ‘India Today 30 on 30’ list. He was also part of the team that won the first Media Gold at Cannes.

Ashwin Padmanabhan, Chief Operating Officer, RBNL

As the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan is responsible for the overall operations of the radio and TV business at Reliance Broadcast Network Limited. Mr. Padmanabhan, known for his combination of dynamic technical skills and proficient sales knowledge, operates as Radio Business Head for 92.7 BIG FM as well as oversees the television channels - BIG Magic and BIG Magic Ganga. Mr. Padmanabhan has been a part of the RBNL group since its inception. He joined as Station Head for Hyderabad in 2006 and held many senior positions before taking up the role of Chief Operating Officer on a group level. Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan holds an Engineering degree along with Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli. He has worked in diverse business sectors including petrochemical, media and other services.


Paritosh Painter, Network Creative Director, RBNL

As Network Creative Director, Paritosh Painter looks after the overall creative conceptualization and creation of differentiated content at Reliance Broadcast TV and Radio business – BIG Magic & 92.7BIGFM. The multi-faceted actor, writer, director, television and ace theatre personality has over 15 years of experience in the field of entertainment. An all-round creative veteran, Paritosh has directed over 23 plays in Hindi and English and has done 2500 shows across the globe. Besides this, he has scripted several Bollywood films like Dhamaal (2007), Paying Guest (2009) (also directed the film), and All The Best: Fun Begins (2009) His repertoire also includes stand-up comedy, content development and producing shows on Television. Having such a diverse experience in media industry across genres, Paritosh is also backed with prestigious degree in Business management from a reputed college in Mumbai. He is a creative brain with a management twist.


Asheesh Chatterjee, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, RBNL

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Asheesh Chatterjee looks at new opportunities and expansion plans in addition to Finance and Regulatory. He leads the Finance and Legal aspects of the business, spearheading key initiatives like fund raising, M&A and JVs whilst strengthening credibility and reputation of the Company within the investor community.

A Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant by qualification, Asheesh brings with him over 15 years of post qualification experience across varied sectors viz. Assurance and Consulting, Financial services, Manufacturing and Media and Entertainment. Having held senior finance positions with leading companies like Moser Baer, Sony Entertainment Television (Multi Screen Media), ICICI Prudential Asset Management and Ernst & Young, he has worked on a diverse portfolio covering strategic finance, corporate structuring, operational finance, tax planning, audit, treasury, and investor/analyst relations.


Sunil Kumaran, Chief Strategy Officer, RBNL

Sunil Kumaran is the Chief Strategy Officer across revenue and product as well as marketing for both mediums – Radio and TV.

An engineering graduate and an MBA from Mumbai University, Sunil started his career with Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in 1994 as a media supervisor. He then moved on to JWT in 1996 where he undertook the role of a media director, following which he undertook multiple media opportunities at organizations including Lowe & Partners Worldwide, Rediffusion DY&R and even worked at Universal McCann in Bahrain. Before taking over the core television brands of RBN as Business Head, he also had a successful stint with 92.7 BIG FM as the cluster head for Karnataka and Kerala starting 2008.