Designation: Senior VP and Head, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Times Network
Areas of Expertise: Business planning and Strategy, M&As, Financial management, Commercial negotiations, Trusted Advisor to CEOs
Jignesh is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary with over 20 years of experience in Consulting and Media & Entertainment. Currently heading Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Times Network (the TV arm of Bennett Coleman Company Limited), he is responsible for Corporate planning, growth and M&A. He played a pivotal role in the expansion of the Network from 5 channels to 12 channels. He developed the Digital strategy and launched the digital platforms for the Network; built the Core team across Engineering, Product, Content, Marketing and Analytics.
He was the CFO for the Broadcasting business of UTV, responsible for entire financial, accounting and commercial operations including business planning, budgeting, forecasting, business performance KPIs, internal controls and Sourcing. He worked on various M&As including the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of UTV and HungamaTV, UTV’s acquisition of gaming companies overseas. Post Disney’s acquisition of UTV, he headed Business Finance, FP&A and Sourcing across Business verticals of the combined entity i.e. Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Digital/Interactive and Retail (Consumer Products). This role included partnering with Business verticals on strategy, financial planning & reporting and operational efficiencies.
Jignesh also worked with KPMG, Muscat providing Tax compliance, planning and business advisory services to domestic and international clients.
Jignesh has been working actively with the start-ups over the past few years both as an Investor and a Mentor.