About Us - Key Management: Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.
Tarun Katial: Chief Executive Officer, RBNL
At the helm of one of India’s youngest media houses Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd., 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 credited with achieving leadership position and taking the medium to the farthest corners of India. Moving quickly from being a radio company to a holistic media entity with an integrated and diversified portfolio, Tarun has led Reliance Broadcast to grow into a multi-media conglomerate with its landmark television foray through a joint venture with CBS Studios International, US’s No. 1 television company. Since then, he has helped grow the television business to offer consumers a robust bouquet of offerings across premium English Channels – BIG CBS Prime, Love and Spark, as well as regional forays with Spark Punjabi and BIG MAGIC all of which are leaders in their respective genres. Tarun also spearheaded the Companies second joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group to launch BIG RTL Thrill, a channel positioned as the ultimate male entertainment destination. 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.
With RBNL’s multi-media composition and diverse business portfolios to pilot, Katial is at the heart of the next BIG revolution in communication.
Asheesh Chatterjee: Chief Financial Officer, RBNL
Asheesh Chatterjee 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.
Anand Chakravarthy: Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Head - BIG CBS Networks
A reckoning and well known name in the world of Advertising, Anand brings with him the creativity and knowledge apt for an ambitious set-up that is poised to revolutionize the media industry. Armed with a Masters in Business Administration and with over 15 years of rich and diverse experience of brand building and advertising, Anand has been with the Company since its launch in 2006 and has been at the helm of the marketing function, across business verticals. Prior to joining RBNL, Anand was at Lowe India and has led the servicing of diverse clientele including a wide product range from the Unilever stable, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Bank, Tata Mutual Fund, IL&FS Investsmart and HSBC, among others.
Sunil Kumaran: Business Head – Language TV, RBNL
Sunil Kumaran is the Business Head for the Language TV business of Reliance Broadcast Network Limited.
In 2008, Sunil joined Reliance Broadcast Network Limited’s radio network, 92.7 BIG FM as the Cluster Head for Karnataka and Kerala. Since then, Sunil has moved to Reliance Broadcast Network Limited’s television business as Business Head for the Language Channels which include BIG MAGIC, Spark Punjabi and the recently launched channel, BIG RTL Thrill.
An engineering graduate and an MBA from the Mumbai University, Mr. Kumaran 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.
Ashwin Padmanabhan: Business Head – 92.7 BIG FM, RBNL
Ashwin Padmanabhan is the Business Head of Reliance Broadcast Network’s 92.7 BIG FM. With a Masters in Business Administration from the Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli, Ashwin is known for his combination of dynamic technical skills and proficient sales knowledge.
A multifunctional sales, marketing, business development and professional services executive, Ashwin’s core competency and skills lie in building businesses, and in implementing differentiated marketing programs. He has strong general management skills and has a track record of transforming businesses and organizations and has applied it to 92.7 BIG FM, where he began his career as the station head for the Hyderabad station and growing very quickly to become the National Business Head for 92.7 BIG FM.
Soumen Ghosh Choudhury: Executive Vice President Technology and Administration
An engineer by qualification, Soumen has specialized in Electronics and Communications. With over 20 years of rich industry experience, Soumen began his career as an R&D engineer, before he moved on to the telecom sector in project management and operations across an array of entertainment channels and other service sectors. He was responsible for design and installation of first Private FM radio station in India, Radio City in Bangalore in the year 2000. Soumen’s achievements include planning, execution and launch of the encrypted satellite TV channels in record time, designing the country’s first state-of-the-art private FM radio station, and even developing VHF radio amplifier modules for the Indian Army. At RBNL, Soumen heads the international division of the television channel BIG MAGIC – BIG MAGIC International, which has excellent synergies with the television business.
Meenakshi Roy: Sr. Vice President, Human Resources, RBNL
Meenakshi is a Sociology Graduate from Fergusson College, Pune who subsequently did her Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has almost two decades of work experience in Human Resources, HR Consulting and Executive Coaching.
Meenakshi joins RBNL from being an independent HR consultant and Executive Coach with national, multinational and entrepreneurial clients through Great Place to Work Institute and Right Management amongst others in the area of Executive Coaching for 360 degree feedback, role transition, career transition, performance management and role alignment.
Prior to her consulting foray, she was Head of HR at L'Oreal India, and has also served with ABP Limited, Times of India (NIE) and Tata Special Steels in diverse roles leading to experience across Industrial Relations, Sales and Human Resource Management
Gururaja Rao: Vice President (Legal) & Company Secretary, RBNL
Gururaja Rao is the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Company. Gururaja is a commerce graduate with a Masters in Law Degree from Mumbai University. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights. He has over 12 years of experience in wide range of industries which includes media, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. Gururaja has worked with companies like Thomas Cook India, UTV, McDonalds, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and People Group.