Cinépolis India appoints Ashish Shukla as Head of Exhibition

Cinépolis, India’s first international film exhibitor, announced the hiring of Ashish Shukla as Head of Exhibition. Ashish joins Cinépolis from his position as Head Infrastructure and Development for Bharti Retail.

“I am excited about the Cinépolis plans in India and the world standards of film exhibition the brand represents” said Ashish Shukla, “The Cinepolis experience will introduce exciting new concepts for film audiences across the nation and I look forward to being part of this process.“

As part of Bharti Retail, Ashish oversaw the business development in which he secured key retail locations for the brand. Prior to Bharti, Ashish was Chief Executive, PVR Cinemas where he served for over 10 years and was instrumental in executing the firms rollout and in piloting key initiatives for the business.

“Ashish brings on board an extensive firsthand experience in film exhibition and real estate,” said Milan Saini, Managing Director and Country Head, Cinepolis India. “We look forward to his contributions in helping adapt our novel and innovative multiplex theater concepts to the Indian environment.”

Cinepolis is planning to launch a nationwide chain of premium movie theaters that will feature megaplex designs with double digit screens at most of its locations. With a goal of opening 500 screens by 2016, Cinepolis has secured till date a pipeline of 110 screens across 8 cities in India. Operations are scheduled to commence by 2H 2009.

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