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Industry Moves: Sunit Dutt – BlackBerry, Amit Khanna – Reliance Entertainment

Sunil Dutt Quits as Managing Director of BlackBerry India

Sunil Dutt has resigned from his role as the Managing Director BlackBerry, India after signing an undisclosed agreement to join another company reports LiveMint. Rick Costanzo, Executive President, Global Sales will lead the team in India until a new country head is appointed.

Dutt has quit the company just 14 months into his position as the Managing Director of the company. BlackBerry has been struggling to stay relevant in the Indian market, and recently launched the Z10. Prior to his stint at BlackBerry, Dutt was the President of Personal Systems Group at Hewlett-Packard India Sales Pvt. Ltd., responsible for expanding their business in enterprise, mid-market and consumer space. Dutt was also  the Country Head at Samsung India Electronics, Sales Director at Nokia India Pvt Ltd, Regional General Manager at Whirlpool of India Ltd. He has also held senior positions at Wipro Limited and Philips India.

Some changes in the mobile business, of late: Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd recently appointed Vineet Taneja as the Country Head for its Mobile & Digital Imaging Business. In June 2012, Nokia had appointed P.Balaji as Senior VP (IMEA) and Managing Director for Nokia’s Indian operations, joining from Sony Mobile Communications (erstwhile Sony Ericsson), where he was the Managing Director for its India business.

Amit Khanna Quits as Chairman of Reliance Entertainment

Amit-KhannaAfter a 13 year long stint at Reliance Entertainment, Amit Khanna has resigned from his role as the Chairman of Reliance Entertainment reports Afaqs.com. Khanna has been in the entertainment industry for 43 years and is now retiring to focus on writing, industry welfare and mentoring.

Khanna has worked across all media. Prior to his role as the Chairman of Reliance Entertainment, he was the Managing Director of Plus Channel for 11 years. Prior to that he had an 18 year stint in the Hindi film industry where he also began his career in the entertainment industry.

He played a key role in building Reliance Entertainment, looking primarily at the non digital side, while the digital side was looked into by Rajesh Sawhney, who is now running the angel investment group GSF Superangels and accelerator GSF Accelerator.

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