Korn/Ferry felicitates influential SA women executives in Media & Entertainment


MUMBAI: Korn/Ferry International, announced its list of the most Influential South Asian (SA) Women Executives in the Media and Entertainment Industry. 


The list was created to honor women executives of South Asian background who have excelled in various roles in the media and entertainment business.


Korn/Ferry International’s Global Media & Entertainment Sector senior client partner and managing director Bill Simon said, "This past year has seen a substantial growth in Indian companies in Hollywood.  Indian entertainment is no longer a niche industry, but a burgeoning global business that has expanded into the mainstream.  These remarkable women have each contributed much to bridge east and west and their continuing efforts will benefit all in the entertainment and media for years to come."


The list of the most Influential South Asian women executives in the Media and Entertainment Industry was developed by Korn/Ferry International in consultation with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).  Working closely with his global team including Korn/Ferry International partner Ashutosh Khanna based in India, the list was finalized and approved by Simon. 


Simon, who has personally assisted both Indian and global companies in securing senior corporate talent, added, "It is our honor to celebrate each and every woman executive on the list for their unrelenting passion in bringing the best in entertainment and media to the global marketplace."


The individuals on the list will be honored at a reception and dinner during the 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) that is back at ArcLight Hollywood on 20-25 April.


The list of the most influential South Asian women executives in media and entertainment Industry include: Personal Care Products Council assistant general counsel Farah K. Ahmed, Asia Society president Vishakha N. Desai, Times Group of India chair Indu Jain, Universal Music Enterprises senior vice president – public and artist relations Sujata Murthy, Fox Business Network analyst and reporter Shibani Joshi, Sony Pictures Television senior vice president Superna Kalle, Balaji Telefilms creative director Ekta Kapoor, NBC Universal – international global networks and digital initiatives president Roma Khanna, HSBC India Group general manager and country head Naina Lal Kidwai, The Walt Disney Company (India) director, counsel – India Legal Affairs Anju Jain Kumar, President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities author and member Jhumpa Lahiri, Studio 18 head Vandana Malik, Hamilton-Mehta Productions & director, writer, producer Deepa Mehta, UTV Networks co-founder and chief creative officer Zarina Mehta, Mirabai Films director, writer, producer Mira Nair, PepsiCo, Inc. chief executive officer Indra Nooyi, Disney Publishing Worldwide general manager, U.S. Consumer Magazines Aparna Pande, CNBC Asia Squawk Box and Market Watch analyst and commentator Saijal Patel, The Indian Film Company senior vice president Priti Shahani, Starcom Worldwide executive vice president and global account director Latha Sundaram, Summit Entertainment senior vice president International Distribution Deborah Tellis and Survey Monkey vice president  Product and Engineering Selina Tobaccowala.