Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company, APAC & Chairman of Star & Disney India, has extended his wishes to Sanjay Gupta on the latter's decision to step down as Country Manager, Star & Disney India, and his joining Google as Country Manager and Vice President of Sales & Operations, India.
In an internal email sent to the employees at Star, which exchange4 media got access to, Shankar expressed his appreciation for Gupta’s contribution to Star India and how his departure would leave a void.
"I am writing to share something that is of deep significance to not just Star India and to me personally, but also I am sure, to each one of you.
So critical has been Sanjay Gupta’s contribution in building Star India into one of the finest and most successful M&E companies in Asia that I would be undermining his contribution. However, (what I) want to share is what an amazing friend and thought partner Sanjay has been to me personally. I have always talked about what an amazing team we have... There is no one quite gifted as Sanjay in the entire Indian M&E sector. Based on my experience, I can say that there are few like him. His departure is a big personal loss to me. Above and beyond anyone else, Sanjay has been the person who has taken charge of my craziest ideas. He leaves a void in my life that would be impossible to fill.
But that's life. The great company that Sanjay built must continue to scale greater heights and that will require each one of us to step up...make arrangements to deal with his absence with as little disruption as possible. I am grateful to him for that."