The Walt Disney Company has named Abhishek Maheshwari as its new Country Head for India, reports Exchange4Media. According to the portal, Maheshwari will now be reporting to Mahesh Samat, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Walt Disney International, South Asia.
India recently was merged under a South Asian hub clubbed with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam under the leadership of Samat.
As per Maheshwari’s Linkedin profile, he joined Disney in 2012, and since then he has worked in several leadership roles in the company. Prior to working for The Walt Disney Company, Maheshwari worked for Kubera and McKinsey & Company at its US and India offices. He holds a degree of MBA from Columbia School of Business and studied electrical engineering from IIT-Delhi.
The Walt Disney Company said that it will focus on driving its Hollywood slate in India and ending Bollywood production in 2016, according to this Hollywood Reporter report.
This January, Disney and Hotstar signed a multi-year distribution deal highly similar to the arrangement Netflix had with Disney — the deal comprised Disney’s animated films, Lucasfilm productions, live-action Marvel superhero flicks, and Pixar films. Note that Disney is not renewing its US deal with Netflix.