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Industry Moves: Reliance Entertainment Digital, Mindshare, ZTE India, Viacom18

Deepak Abbot, Chief Product Officer at Reliance Entertainment Digital,  has put in his papers 3 weeks ago, MediaNama has confirmed from him. Abbot did not disclose where he’ll be heading next, however, he will joining the next company by the first week of May.

In November 2012, Reliance Entertainment Digital, consolidated  its gaming business under the Zapak brand name. The company’s gaming business was spread across Zapak and Jump Games brands. Jump Games is the mobile gaming subsidiary of the Reliance Entertainment group.

Abbot had joined Zapak.com as General Manager – Product in 2006. Prior to joining Zapak, he worked as Senior Consultant – User Experience at Satyam Computers. He has also worked with Times Internet Ltd and Cybermedia.


Mindshare, a media agency by GroupM, has appointed Siddharth Sethi as its Leader – Digital, reports Afaqs.  Sethi will be replacing Ashok Lalla, who left the company in May 2012, to join Infosys as Global Head, Digital Marketing. Sethi will be based out of Mumbai and will report to Mindshare South Asia leader Ravi Rao.

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Prior to joining Mindshare, Sethi worked at Xaxis as Director, IBIBO Web Pvt Ltd at various positions with latest being Vice President (Ad Network), at DGM as head sales and account management, at Connecturf as Head Account Management Delhi, at BenQ, Headtotal and Madison.


ZTE Telecom India PVT Ltd, a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, has appointed Xu Dejun as its CEO for its India operations. He had joined ZTE in 2001 at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and has been in India since 2005. Xu will replace Cui Liangjun who stepped down from the position in January 2013 to relocated ZTE headquarters at Shenzhen, China.

Prior to this appointment, Xu worked as ZTE Africa’s head of international projects, as ZTE India’s head of technical sales and as the senior vice president of ZTE India’s Indian Engineering Service Center.

Apart from the appointment, ZTE also announced that its India 2012 sales reached $700 million.


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Vikram Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer at Viacom18 Motion Pictures, has resigned from his position and is currently serving his notice period. He will continue to work with the company until July 2013. Malhotra left the company to pursue his own venture.

Prior to joining Viacom18, Malhotra worked at Balaji Motion Pictures Limited as Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked at Kingfisher Airlines, The UB Group, Tata Communications Ltd, SJS India, and FCB Ulka.

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