Mumbai: Gurmeet Singh, former head of the Mumbai edition of the Hindustan Times has joined Network18 Group as CEO – Forbes India, with immediate effect.
In his previous assignment, Gurmeet was instrumental in the emergence of Hindustan Times as the No 2 broadsheet daily in Mumbai and also retaining this position for the last 3 consecutive IRS rounds. Prior to heading the Mumbai edition of Hindustan Times, he was handling ad sales for Hindustan Times and Mint in the West Zone and has been credited for generating record levels of revenue growth at the Mint.
A 1993 batch MBA from FMS Delhi and a university gold medalist in mechanical engineering from Osmania University Hyderabad, Gurmeet started his professional career with FMCG major Marico Industries Limited. After over 5 years of FMCG sales & brand management experience at Marico which included successful alliances with Pepsi & Camlin, he moved on to Sony Music to handle sales & marketing for North Zone. Gurmeet has also worked at the India Today Group, where he was the Business director of Music Today. He expanded the label into the films genre, started a very successful music events division, launched 2 new labels – one for the youth and one in the Economy segment, started the books & home video division and conceptualized the SBUs foray into digital.
Speaking on this development,B.Sai Kumar, Group COO, Network18 said “After the tremendous success of ‘Forbes India’ and the strong debut of ‘Forbes Life India’ recently, we believe that the Forbes India stable in India is poised for its next phase of growth and profitability and are delighted to have Gurmeet on board to drive that. His diverse experience & strong understanding of media brands, position him well to lead Forbes India forward”
Senthil Chengalvarayan, President & Editorial Director, TV18 Business Media added “Forbes India’s growth has been built on challenging conventions and delivering a premier editorial product and we believe Gurmeet will be instrumental in pushing that agenda further”
Gurmeet Singh said “Forbes India has been a pioneer in India, in effect creating a new premium category within the business space, and it is now at a very exciting stage in its journey. I look forward to being part of it at such a momentous time. I hope to work closely with the team to unlock the potential of our brands and drive comprehensive growth in the business”