Disney names Malhotra VP India

Spent 11 years with MTV networks in India, SE Asia

NEW DELHI -- Walt Disney Television International India announced Tuesday the appointment of Natasha Malhotra as VP and GM for the network. She succeeds Antoine Villeneuve, who returns to France on the completion of his two-year term in India.

Malhotra joins from the Arab Media Group in Dubai, after spending 11 years with MTV networks, starting off in MTV India in 1996 and through various responsibilities in Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Based in Mumbai, Malhotra will oversee Disney's channels in India, including include Disney Channel, Jetix and Hungama TV reporting to Mahesh Samat, senior vice president and managing director, Walt Disney Company India.

“Antoine's impressive leadership and breadth of experience took our Indian television business to the next stage in its evolution. We are thrilled to welcome Natasha, an executive who is also held in high esteem throughout the region as a strategic and insightful leader with a track record of innovation," Disney Channels Worldwide president Rich Ross said in a statement.

“It's great to be back in India, and I look forward to working with the team to develop and build an exciting entertainment destination for families and kids through the Disney Channels," Maholtra added.