As President, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India, K Madhavan drives the strategy and growth of the Company in India, with responsibility for the vast Disney, Star and Hotstar businesses and operations spanning across entertainment, sports and regional channels, and direct-to-consumer. This includes oversight of channel distribution and advertising sales, as well as a thriving local content production business which currently is responsible for the creation of 18,000 hours of original content across fiction, non-fiction, sports, and movies in eight languages.
Since 2019, K Madhavan served as Country Manager of Star & Disney India, overseeing the Company’s television and studios business in India. He was responsible for driving the growth of the business, focusing on innovation, and creating compelling content for consumers.
K Madhavan joined Star India in 2009 as its South Head. Under his leadership, the company built a thriving regional entertainment portfolio. Previously, he was the driving force behind Asianet’s growth as the undisputed leader in Malayalam with more than 50% of market share, serving as MD and CEO in 2000-2008. His vision for the regional language network led the company to set benchmarks in quality programming in South India.
Prior to his media career, K Madhavan was in the banking and corporate finance sector. K Madhavan currently serves as president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and as chairman of the National Committee of Media & Entertainment CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).
He is a post-graduate in Commerce from Calicut University and Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).