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Walt Disney elevates Abhishek Maheshwari as country head

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MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company has announced the appointment of Abhishek Maheshwari as country head for India. 

Maheshwari, who joined Disney in 2012, will now be responsible for all of Disney’s businesses reporting to Walt Disney International executive vice president and managing director South AsiaMahesh Samat.

“Disney brands continue to grow across platforms and consumer segments in India,” said Samat. “Abhishek is an astute and transformative business leader. Since joining the company, he has championed and driven strategic changes that have positioned our businesses to achieve consistent significant growth.” 

Maheshwari has held several leadership roles in corporate strategy and business development, consumer products and interactive and, most recently, as the head of Integrated Media Networks. 

Prior to working for The Walt Disney Company, Maheshwari worked for Kubera Partners, and McKinsey & Co. at its US and India offices.

“It is a privilege to lead Disney India and I am greatly encouraged by the talent, passion and commitment of our teams across the organisation. Together, our team will focus on bringing the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars and our home grown brands of Hungama, Bindass and UTV to Indian audiences and provide great consumer experiences across all our businesses,” said Maheshwari.

The company’s Indian business was recently consolidated under a South Asian hub integrating Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam under the leadership of Mahesh Samat.

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