Former NDTV Convergence CEO Sanjay Trehan will be joining Microsoft to head MSN reports Exchange4media. MediaNama has independently confirmed this from sources within MSN, though there isn’t yet clarity on his designation. Trehan, when contacted, declined to comment: neither confirming nor denying the development.
Speculation has been rife since Trehan put in his papers at NDTV, and Indiatimes and Yahoo were seen has possible contenders, though the buzz on Yahoo reduced after Arun Tadanki joined Yahoo.
The MSN position has been vacant since Country Manager (India) Jaspreet Bindra took over as head of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices segment from Mohit Anand. We’re told that Krishna Prasad, Executive Producer for Microsoft has been holding fort at MSN. It is expected that Trehan will report to Hemant Sachdev, Joint Managing Director for Microsofts Consumer and Online Business, operating out of Delhi.
Top Management Moves In The Indian Internet Space Since Feb 2009:
— MSN: Sanjay Trehan To Join MSN (this story)
— Monster: Monster Appoints Sanjay Modi as MD for India, Middle East and South East Asia
— Yahoo:Arun Tadanki Of Monster To Join Yahoo As MD For South Asia, Middle East & Africa
— NDTV: Exit Interview: Sanjay Trehan On His Two Years At NDTV Convergence
— Indiatimes: Indiatimes MD & CEO Dinesh Wadhawan Resigns
— Guruji: Guruji President Dhruv Shenoy Resigns To Move Back To Hyderabad
— TBSL: Times Business Solutions COO Rajeev Gaur Puts In His Papers
— Yahoo: Yahoo India R&D CEO Sharad Sharma Resigns; Shouvick Mukherjee To Take Over
— AOL: Updated: AOL EVP (International) Maneesh Dhir To Step Down, Start Up
— UTV New Media: UTV New Media CTO Lincoln Gada & ITNation Co-Founder Rizwan Thakur Resign
— Web18: Web18 CTO Varun Singh Puts In His Papers
(Updates: removed statement incorrectly identifying Hemant Sachdev as Microsoft MD. Removed certain unsubstantiated comments which may have been construed as being defamatory, on request)