Uday Shankar to Exit Disney


Uday Shankar is stepping down as president of The Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman of Star and Disney India at the end of this year.

Shankar will work with Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international segment, to identify a successor in the coming months. He has been in his current post since early last year after serving as president for Asia at 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Star India. He has been at the helm of Star India since 2007 and is widely regarded as being the architect of the group’s success, including its thriving OTT business, Hotstar.

“I have always believed in the power of creativity and cutting-edge technology to create a better world and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so at Star, 21CF and now at The Walt Disney Company,” Shankar said. “As I look back on this journey, I take pride in having set ambitious goals in my professional career, and achieving all that we set out to do. For some time now, I have been contemplating the question of how I give back to the country, community and the industry that have given me so much. I think the best way to express my gratitude to all of them will be to support and mentor a new generation of entrepreneurs as they set out to create transformational solutions that will have a positive impact on countless lives. I intend to partner with global investors and pioneers to achieve this.”

“I want to thank Uday for his leadership and dedication to our APAC business,” Campbell said. “With the successful launch of Disney+ throughout the region, he has helped put The Walt Disney Company in a commanding position in this dynamic and incredibly strategic part of the world. His vast experience and expertise have been invaluable in bringing together a strong, cohesive APAC leadership team to chart a path forward for our streaming businesses in the region and beyond. Uday has been a great friend, colleague and valued counselor to me personally, and I know I speak for all of DTCI when I say he will be greatly missed. At the same time, I understand and respect his desire to make this change. I am extremely grateful that he has agreed to stay on to help ensure a seamless transition.”