Disney India taps Samat

New MD fills post vacated by Jain

Walt Disney International president Andy Bird on Thursday an-nounced the appointment of Mahesh Samat as managing director of Mumbai-based Walt Disney Company India.

Reporting to Bird, Samat will join WDCI in January and manage all of the existing Disney businesses in India, with the exception of the ESPN/ Star Sports joint venture with News Corp.'s Star network.

Samat fills the position vacated by Rajat Jain, who resigned in March and joined Mumbai-based mobile company Mobile2Win after finishing up his contract with WDCI in August.

"International growth is of particular importance to Disney and Mahesh's experiences within India and worldwide will serve Disney well as we grow all of our businesses in this market," Bird said.

Samat comes to Disney from Johnson & Johnson, where he was managing director, southern Europe for J&J Vision Care. He spent an earlier stint with Kellogg's in India.