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VCCircle appoints Archna Shukla as editor

archnashuklaNews Corp owned VCCircle has appointed Archna Shukla as editor. She will be responsible for leading news gathering and editing efforts, as well as day-to-day news coverage functions, at VCCircle and TechCircle.

Prior to VCCircle, Shukla was the senior editor at The Indian Express for 6 year. She also worked at various business media agencies like Business Standard, The Economic Times, Business Today. In 2007, she was  part of the founding editorial team at the Mint, where she was the national corporate editor. Other than this, she has also worked with All India Radio and Doordarshan.

CPO appointment: In December, News Corp appointed Nagaraj Nagabushanam as Chief Product Officer of VCCircle. He would also work with News Corp owned BigDecisions, according to an email sent by Raju Narisetti, SVP at News Corp.

NewsCorp had hired a few other executives with dual responsibilities across the group’s businesses in India: “Pooja Karnani, who heads up Finance, based out of BigDecisions in Mumbai; Ramjee Ganti, who is our Head of Technology, also based out of BigDecisions in Mumbai; and Neetu Singh, who is heading up Human Resources, based out of VCCircle in Noida,” as per the email.

News Corp’s acquisitions:

– In November last year, REA Group, News Corp’s online real estate company from Australia, said it would purchase rival iProperty Group for $414 million.

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– In March, News Corp acquired VCCircle for an undisclosed amount. Sahad PV, founder and CEO of the company, would join News Corp as a part of its India team, and report to Raju Narisetti, SVP (Strategy) at News Corp.

– The month before, the company picked up 25% in PropTiger for $30 million.

– In December last year, News Corp acquired BigDecisions.com, a Mumbai based startup that generates leads for financial services companies, and provide consumers with educational information and calculation tools for making financial decisions.

– The company’s other operations in India include Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Factiva and HarperCollins Publishers businesses. 21st Century Fox, which was hived off when News Corp split last year, owns Star TV.

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