Hema Govindan heads Nick; two more senior level appointments made

MUMBAI: MTV India has roped in Hema Govindan as general manager heading their kids‘ channel Nick.

Govindan comes to Nick from Walt Disney Television International (India) where she was head of marketing and communications. She will be heading all aspects of the channel‘s business in India.


Nick has also roped in Shaalu Wadhwa as director marketing as well as Channel [V] Australia executive producer Ben Richardson as director - content and creative. Nick is also in the process of finalising an ad sales director for the channel. Wadhwa, Richardson and the new ad sales director will be reporting in to Govindan.

One immediate fallout of Govindan‘s joining, which was finalised last week, is that Nick India director business and operations Pradeep Hejmadi has put in his papers.

Nickelodeon Asia Pacific senior vice president and general manager Catherine Nebauer said, "In keeping with our aggressive plans for Nick, it was imperative that Nick‘s team structure be aligned with its business objectives. These appointments mark the beginning of Nick‘s second phase of growth and momentum in India and we are confident that Hema and her team will drive connectivity with kids in India to the Nickelodeon brand offering."

Govindan said, "Kids‘ television has become something of a life mission for me over the past decade. I am absolutely delighted to be continuing my work in the kids‘ space with Nick. Nickelodeon has been a pioneering kids‘ TV destination across the globe and has immense potential in India. It is great to be a part of Nick‘s drive to win the hearts of Indian kids."

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