Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a part-time member of the Prasar Bharati Board, was on Friday appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the public broadcaster group for a period of 5 years. His name was cleared by a three-member public committee, which was headed by vice president Hamid Ansari. Before taking up the executive chair in Prasar Bharati, Shashi Shekhar Vempati also worked with IT major Infosys and currently heads an online media firm. Shashi Shekhar Vempati will succeed Rajeev Singh, member (finance) of the board, who was serving as the interim CEO after S C Panda retired earlier this year.
Soon after the confirmation of Vempati’s appointment came out, the Information and Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter and congratulated the new CEO. He wrote: “Congratulations Sh. Shashi Shekhar Vempati on your appointment as CEO of @prasarbharati. Hope PB scales new heights under your leadership…” So, who is Shashi Shekhar Vempati and what made the selectors to award him with the top post in the public broadcasting firm. Here is all you need to know about the new Prasar Bharati CEO.
Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been associated with the public broadcaster group as a part time member of the board since February 2016. He has also been associated as the Chairman of the audit committee, member of finance and accounts committee, the technology committee, the sports rights committee and the HR committee in Prasar Bharati.
As per a PTI report, Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said Shashi Shekhar Vempati had played an active role in a committee formed to explore the setting up of a digital platform.
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An IIT Bombay alumnus, Shashi Shekhar Vempati has worked as a Product Strategist and Digital Innovator at Infosys for more than 16 years and was responsible for incubating many cutting edge technology-based Digital Innovations and Initiatives working globally with Fortune 500 clients across various sectors including Retail/CPG to Mobile, Digital Services and Energy/Utilities and others.
In April 2013, Shashi Shekhar Vempati shifted gears and joined a News Media Platform named NitiCentral.com as the CEO. He has also played a crucial role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mission 272+ during the General Elections 2014. Shashi Shekhar Vempati has also been crowned with the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award for Innovation 2014 on behalf of PM Narendra Modi’s Digital Campaign for 2014 elections.