Chairman and MD
He has completed his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Notre Dame, USA. He joined the company in 1983 as an Executive assistant to the Managing Director and continued in this post till 1986 when he became a director. He is today the Managing Director of the company, a post he has held since 1988. His challenge is to take Next Mediaworks Limited into the uncharted waters of 21st century media.
This world-class athlete, Asian Medalist, who represented India at the Olympic Games at Moscow and is the recipient of India's highest honour for sportspersons - the Arjuna Award, has worked with Tata Engineering & Locomotive Co Ltd. for 15 years in various capacities. He was also the founding CEO of the Asian Age and Vice President of the Sai Service Group of Companies. He founded InterSpace India in 2013, and is currently its Managing Director. He has previously served as Chairman and Managing Director of Clear Channel in India and Managing Partner of Clear Channel Mudra LLP. He is a Director on the Board of Next Media Works Ltd. (formerly Mid-Day Multi Media Ltd.) and SE TransStadia Ltd. He is the first athlete to be elected as President of any National Sporting Federation in India. He was elected President of the Athletics Federation of India in 2013. In 2015 he was elected on to the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thus becoming the first Indian to be elected on to the IAAF in its 103 year history.
He holds a Master's degree in Commerce (Management) from University of Bombay, and an Executive MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, topping his batch and the Dean’s List with Distinction.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Science. He has been in Communication profession from 1970. 1987 onwards joined Board of Directors of Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt Ltd, publishers of Eenadu Telugu newspaper and ETV group channels. He was the past Chairman of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and founder member of Media Research Users Council (MRUC) as well as Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). He is also on the Board of Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), International News Media Association (INMA), Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) and also had a long innings at The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) as a Board member for above 15 years. Currently the Chairman of Media Research Users Council (MRUC) and Deputy Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations.
He holds a Master's degree in Economics. He has vast experience of over 15 years in the journalistic and media sector. He is a Consulting Partner with Perfect Relations Limited, a company which he founded in 1992. The Company advises CEOs and country management teams on External Communications, Internal Communications and Public Affairs. He writes regular columns for The Asian Age, The Indian Express and Mid-Day.
Ms. Monisha Shah is an Independent Director on the Board of the Company since May 2011. She holds an MBA from London Business School and Master's degree in Science from University of London.
She is an independent consultant in the media and entertainment business with a special interest in the international exploitation of intellectual property across radio, television, publishing and digital media.
Mr. Sunil Dalal holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering & Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University, USA. Mr. Dalal is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of UniDEL, a multi-asset class single family office with a focus on early stage technology venturing. He has built numerous global businesses since taking over and redirecting the family owned engineering company. Under Mr. Dalal’s leadership, the group has spawned several successful ventures in the industrial software, fintech and edutech space. He is passionate about building businesses that solve real world problems through technology and disrupt the status quo. The ability to connect the dots, devise unique strategies and have the execution discipline is what defines Mr. Dalal’s expertise. Mr. Dalal is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is keen on nurturing entrepreneurial talent.
Mr. Chetan Desai (67) is a Chartered Accountant. He has retired in March 2018 from M/s. Haribhakti & Co. LLP, a leading CA Firm in India. He was the Joint Managing Partner of the Firm. Earlier for over 30 years he was heading the audit & assurance practice of the Firm.
In his professional experience of 42 years, he has dealt with multinationals, public sector enterprises, sectors such as banking and finance, mutual funds, manufacturing, services, real estate, hospitality, engineering, energy, infrastructure, pharma, health care, not for profit entities etc.
He has wide knowledge and exposure in the fields of accounting, auditing, Companies Act and related areas, corporate governance, compliance etc.
He is on the Board of Delta Corp Ltd. and Crystal Crop Protection Ltd.
He lives in Mumbai.