Walt Disney India restructures ops; Swati Shetty promoted

MUMBAI: In a major restructuring exercise, Walt Disney India has made some key promotions in its team.

Swati Shetty, who was overseeing the theatrical, production and acquisition aspects of local language films for Walt Disney in India, has been promoted as Walt Disney Studios International Production (India) executive director, theatrical productions and acquisitions.

With the Studio business being one of the key growth drivers for the Disney brand and its focus on local contentm Shetty will be responsible for creative and production efforts and managing talent relationships for local projects.

Apart from Shetty, Walt Disney Company India has also expanded the roles of two other key executives. Roshini Bakshi has been promoted to vice president, consumer products, publishing and retail, whereas Vijay Subramaniam has been promoted to Disney India Media Solutions and Alliances (DIMSA) executive director.

Retail has emerged as an integral part of Disney’s consumer products business. Bakshi will oversee all of Disney’s retail interests and continue to be responsible for creating and executing strategy for both the consumer products and publishing businesses, in addition to retail. Bakshi has been with Disney for over four years.

Subramaniam has been instrumental in driving the ad sales function for the Disney network of television channels and in this new role, he will be responsible for identifying commercial opportunities across all the Disney businesses (including TV, studios, merchandising, publishing, mobile, internet and live events) in India to better align advertisers and brand partners.

The Walt Disney Company, India managing director Mahesh Samat said, "In our continued efforts to deliver an unparalleled family-focused Disney entertainment experience to Indian consumers, we believe investing in our people is paramount. With the expanded responsibilities of key functions, I am confident that together our teams will continue to bring alive the Disney magic to many more Indian kids and families."