Dilip Venkatraman, CEO of CNN-IBN and IBN7, has left the Network18 group after an 8 year stint. Ajay Chacko, COO, Network18 will oversee the operations of the IBN News Network in the interim.

Venkatraman was appointed CEO of CNN-IBN in 2010, and prior to that, led marketing operations for CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat and also managed IBN Focus, the customized media solutions unit for these news channels. He has worked with India Today Group and Zee Network.

Venkatraman intends to start up, it appears.