Star Sports appoints Guatam Thakar as chief executive

Star Sports appoints Guatam Thakar as chief executive

Pay-TV broadcaster Star India has announced the appointment of Guatam Thakar as the new chief executive of its Star Sports network.

Thakar takes up the role following the departure of Nitin Kukreja in March, and joins from US investment firm Revolution Ventures, where he became a ventures partner in 2017.

He will report to Sanjar Gupta, managing director of Star India, and is due to commence his new position on 15th January.

Bringing over 20 years of experience across various industries to the position, Thakar began his career with US consumer goods corporation P&G as a brand manager, before moving to ecommerce platform eBay India as a country manager, where he worked for nearly a decade.

The new appointment follows Star’s acquisition of the global television and digital rights to Twenty20 cricket competition the Indian Premier League (IPL) in September, when the Indian broadcaster paid Rs164.375 billion (US$2.56 billion) for the rights to five editions of the IPL from 2018 to 2022.

“We at Star have always set ourselves a bold growth agenda and we are confident that Gautam will contribute in taking the multi-sports culture that Star has pioneered in India to the next level,” said Sanjay Gupta, managing director at Star India.