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Exclusive: Disney India MD (Digital) Samir Bangara Resigns


Samir Bangara, MD (Digital) at Disney India, has resigned, MediaNama has learned from reliable sources. Bangara had joined Disney India from Indiagames Ltd, which Disney had acquired seven months ago, alongwith its acquisition of Indiagames shareholder UTV. At the time of filing this report, Bangara was unavailable for comment, and we’re still awaiting a response from Disney. Word is that Bangara, who was a part of the promoter group whose shareholding was bought by Disney, is planning to start up.

Bangara had joined Indiagames over seven years ago as Chief Operating Officer, heading the mobile business, and as Head of Strategy, Corporate Development, Business Development and Finance, and responsible for the mobile business P&L (as per his LinkedIn profile). He had joined Indiagames from Ernst & Young, where he was VP (Investment Banking) shortly after Cisco and Macromedia had acquired stake in Indiagames. He took Indiagames through multiple shareholder buys alongwith Indiagames founder Vishal Gondal – in 2007 when UTV acquired a majority stake in Indiagames from TOM Online, and in 2011 when Disney acquired Indiagames. Bangara and Gondal also ran the Sweat and Blood Venture Group, doing seed investments, but we’re not sure of the status of that initiative.

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  • Ankit Maheshwari

    I have been fortunate enough to get a chance to work with Samir. He has been a dear friend, great mentor and a terrific advisor. I am sure whatever he does next will be something really big. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vinay-Sharma/1019991270 Vinay Sharma

    .. Unfortunately never had the opportunity to work with Samir. However, I am sure that he is a great asset to any team / organization !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaina.rajan.1 Shaina Rajan

    Samir is one of the best people I have had the privilege to work with.I share a great relationship with him, both as a Friend and as aMentor. I firmly believe that Samir is one of those people who will turnanything he touches, into Gold. Like I said, just hope this news isn’t true.

  • Komal Sharma.Iyer

    I am fortunate to get a mentor like Samir Sir.
    I respect his serenity. Hope the above news is just a story and not a reality.