DB Group rejig: Harrish M Bhatia returns to print business as President
Dainik Bhaskar is rejigging its top management. Harrish M Bhatia, CEO, My FM, is being elevated and brought back to the DB Group’s core business of print media as President. In this new role, all the state COOs of DB Group will report to Bhatia. This move will be effective starting November 2, 2017.
Bhatia had joined My FM in October 2001 and has spent 16 years of his career with DB. Prior to moving to the Radio division of the group, he spent around 6 years in the print business, where he was head of the Rajasthan Unit. Subsequently, he laid the foundation of Divya Bhaskar in Gujarat and also led the Corporate Sales & Marketing vertical of the print business. In 2007, he took charge of the radio business and established My FM. He successfully led My FM to reach breakeven within a period of 3 years and today has the highest EBITA margins and is No. 1 radio player in the retail market across 7 states with 30 stations.
Speaking on the development, Sudhir Agarwal, Managing Director, DB Corp Ltd, said, “Harrish is an old hand in the system, with his vast exposure across brands and categories and deep understanding of the various functions in the print business, he will be able to take the business to new heights. I wish him all the very best in the new role.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Namjoshi, who was earlier the Corporate Sales Head, has been elevated as Business Head, My FM, keeping in view Bhatia’s movement into the print business. In his new role, Namjoshi will report to Pawan Agarwal, Deputy Managing Director. Namjoshi had joined the organisation in March 2007 and held the role of Regional Head Gujarat and Cluster Head - NCR till 2012. In 2012, he moved into the role of National Corporate Sales Head and has been also handling the client solutions team and the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Pawan Agarwal said, “Rahul has been with us since 2007, his strong understanding of the radio business, both at the retail and corporate levels, made him the obvious choice for us, I am sure My FM will achieve new heights under his leadership.”