16th September 2021, Mumbai: Viacom18 today announced the appointment of Anil Jayaraj as CEO – Sports. He will be leading the Media & Entertainment network’s foray into acquisition, broadcasting and monetisation of sports properties.
Anil Jayaraj joins Viacom18 from Star Sports, where he was Executive Vice President responsible for ad sales, global syndication and cross screen offer design and measurement. He has successfully led his team to deliver business performance across multiple sporting events including Indian Premier League, Cricket World Cup, Pro Kabaddi League, Indian Super League among others. He has a track record of successfully leading teams to deliver business results in B2C as well as B2B customer businesses, and has excelled at strategic and leadership roles.
Welcoming Anil Jayaraj, Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Network18 said, “As a leading media & entertainment network in India, Viacom18 has been dialling up its offerings to tap into whitespaces across platforms. We believe that sports is an important category in our promise to deliver wholesome entertainment to our 800mn+ viewers across demographics and geographies. With his rich experience in identifying and building sporting events into high value sportainment phenomena, Anil is aptly poised to lead our newest sports vertical.”
Anil Jayaraj has previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Pidilite Industries Limited, prior to which he was at BP/Castrol for 16 years in sales and marketing roles based in the UK and India.
Speaking on his appointment, Anil Jayaraj said, “Sporting events in India have evolved beyond just one or two games with increasing fandom amongst audiences towards newer competitive sports. This democratisation has created an unmatched opportunity for sportainment and I am excited to build Viacom18 network’s foray into sports as a category.”
Anil Jayaraj has been a passionate follower of sports since his childhood. He works as a mentor with various start-ups during his free time, and conducts sessions/guest lectures on business and marketing at various B-Schools.
Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is one of India’s fastest growing entertainment networks and a house of iconic brands that offers multi-platform, multi-generational and multicultural brand experiences. A joint venture of Network18, which owns 51%, and ViacomCBS, with a 49% stake, Viacom18 defines entertainment in India by touching the lives of people through its properties on air, online, on ground, in shop and through cinema.