MSM names Singh as new CEO

Heads parent company of SPT's channels in India

NEW DELHI -- Multi Screen Media, parent company of Sony Pictures Television's channels in India, has confirmed Man Jit Singh as CEO, Singh was appointed interim CEO of MSM replacing Kunal Dasgupta, who left the company in February.

MSM runs channels such as generic Hindi entertainment channels Sony Entertainment Television and SAB, cricket-movies hybrid SET MAX and English movie channel SET PIX.

"As interim CEO, Man Jit has provided leadership and stability. After Multi Screen's successes with the Indian Premier League cricket, and its new programming initiatives, we feel it's appropriate to continue the consistency in management that Man Jit has provided. We are confident in his ability to grow the channels businesses in India," Sony Pictures Television president Andy Kaplan said in a statement Monday.

Talking about his new role, Singh added, "We have a brilliant, dedicated and creative team at Multi Screen and I'm thrilled to be able to continue the work that I've started. N P Singh [COO of MSM] is my partner in managing our businesses and together, we will work as hard as we can to elevate our channels to leadership positions in India."

Before his appointment as interim CEO, Singh was the chairman of the board of directors of MSM, which he joined from California-based private equity fund Diogenes Capital, LLC.

Singh started his career with Nestle India and since then he has worked with several companies. He was also chairman and CEO of Boston-based Compete Inc., a predictive analytics service using online consumer behavior data to predict offline sales.

Singh holds degrees from Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and St. Stephen's College in Delhi.