Sajith Sivanandan has been named Executive Vice President and Head of Disney+ Hotstar by Disney's International Content and Operations Group.
Sivanandan will be in charge of Disney+ Hotstar's overall business operations in India, with direct responsibility for defining the streaming service's strategic business priorities and charting a product roadmap for sustained and exponential growth in the coming years. He will also collaborate closely with local leadership in international markets, as well as the Disney+ team in the United States, to drive the continued growth of Disney+ Hotstar, which has become India's leading streaming service due to its unrivaled scale, innovation, and breadth of content.
He worked at Google for over 14 years as Managing Director and Business Head of Google Pay and Next Billion User Initiatives for their APAC region. Prior to that, he was the head of Google Pay in India.
Sivanandan began his professional career in India in 1996 with Star TV, where he managed the North India market for Channel V. He is a graduate of St. Columba's School in Delhi and Hindu College, Delhi University. He has two master's degrees in management, one in Marketing from the Fore School of Management in New Delhi and the other in Finance from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila.