Amit Garg, HT Media’s executive director of digital, has quit the company. Garg will be “pursuing other opportunities” but it is currently unclear as to where he will work. Zairus Master and Vishal Chaddha, the co-CEOs of Shine.com, the jobs portal, will be filling in Garg’s shoes at the company. Digital Quotient or DQ, which is the company’s digital marketing agency, will be led by the current head Anurag Patnaik who will report to Chaddha for the time being.
Amit Garg worked as the digital executive director for almost 2 years before which he was the business head of internet and mobile and Firefly e-Ventures, HT Media’s digital arm, for almost 10 years. He also worked as the head of the Hindi business for three years at HT Media.
Garg joined HT Media in 2005 as the brand custodian in the marketing team for Hindustan Times and also helped in creating Shine, HTCampus, DQ etc. Prior to joining HT Media, Garg worked as the director of laundry business at Whirlpool for 6 years and branch manager at Asian Paints for 5 years.
In August, Nicholas Dawes, the chief content officer at Hindustan Times (HT), left the company. According to Dawes’ Twitter bio, he will be joining Human Rights Watch. Dawes was appointed as the chief editorial and content officer in May 2013, to take over the role from September that year.
Other appointments at HT:
– In July, the media company appointed Yusuf Omar as the mobile editor. Omar would lead HT’s mobile journalism initiatives and train 750 journalists.
– In May, HT Media appointed Aparisim ‘Bobby’ Ghosh as the executive editor of Hindustan Times. Ghosh replaced Sanjoy Narayan who had joined Hindustan Times as its chief editor in 2008.
– HT Media’s business newspaper Mint appointed Anil Padmanabhan as Executive Editor. Padmanabhan has been with Mint since November 2006 as its Deputy Managing Editor.
HT Media’s investments in media properties:
– In June, HT Media bought a majority stake of 50.5% in an online football portal called Sports Asia through its Singapore subsidiary HT Overseas.
– In February this year, HT Media invested Rs 1.5 crore in new media startups through its MediaHacks accelerator.
– In December 2015, HT Media invested an undisclosed amount in Planet GoGo, a lock screen and news snippets app.
– Around the same time, DealStreetAsia, a digital media platform based in Singapore, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from various investors including HT Media.