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Pradeep Hejmadi appointed Business Head of Zee TV

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Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has appointed Pradeep Hejmadi as the Business Head of its flagship general Hindi entertainment channel Zee TV, the company said today. Hejmadi's appointment is with effect from July 1, 2014, the Essel group firm ZEEL said in a statement.

He would be responsible for the overall functioning of the channels and report to ZEEL Chief Content and Creative Officer Bharat Ranga, it said.

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Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure appoints ex-Vedanta chief, MS Mehta, as CEO

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Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has appointed MS Mehta, a former group chief executive officer of Vedanta Resources, as CEO of Reliance Infrastructure, a move which company officials say is part of a strategy to build a new leadership team for its power and infrastructure businesses.

The incumbent CEO, Lalit Jalan, has been switched to group level operations as director of corporate strategy. "He will steer future growth initiatives and efforts of the group with this new responsibility," the company said. Three group executives, on condition of anonymity, said that Anil Ambani wanted his Wharton classmate Jalan to focus on group-level strategy.

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Uninor appoints Grameenphone CTO as new India COO

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Uninor, Norway-based Telenor's India unit, Wednesday named Tanveer Mohammad as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to his latest role, Mohammad was the chief technology officer at Grameenphone, Telenor Group's operating company in Bangladesh, which is also the largest mobile operator in that country.

"Tanveer joins us at Uninor as we are setting the stage for some bold growth and expansion in India. Uninor's largest ever network expansion is already underway and our focus on sabse sasta internet will see some new solutions on the network side too," Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO of Uninor, said in a statement.

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Ajay Bakshi quits Max Healthcare to join Manipal Hospitals as CEO

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Ajay Bakshi has quit as the CEO of Max Healthcare, the hospital chain run by diversified public listed firm Max India, a few weeks ago and has now joined Bangalore-based Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt Ltd, which runs a multispecialty hospital chain under Manipal Hospitals banner, as CEO, sources told VCCircle.

Bakshi joined Max Healthcare in November 2011 as CEO. Previously he was working with consulting major McKinsey & Co for over six years.

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Former Bharti Airtel chief technology officer, Jagbir Singh joins Samsung Electronics' network division

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Bharti Airtel's former chief technology officer Jagbir Singh has joined Korean major Samsung Electronics' networks division as deployment head, two people familiar with the matter said.

Samsung is the newest player in the global telecom equipment space. In India, it had won a network deal for radio access and packet core network from Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio for Delhi and Mumbai circles last year, as per a media report.

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US firm e4e Healthcare hires 700 across India, US, Philippines

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US-based BPO firm e4e Healthcare Services has hired more than 700 full-time employees in the first quarter of 2014 across locations in India, the US and the Philippines.

The increase in the headcount is the outcome of a robust growth of 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 across the company's strategic clients and due to five new client acquisitions, e4e Healthcare Services said in a statement.

"e4e had a phenomenal Q1 this year. Our business outlook anticipates a Y-o-Y growth of over 35 per cent. Our pipeline and revenue momentum for rest of the year remains very strong," e4e Healthcare Services LLC CEO Bhaskar Menon said.

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Hiring firms join search for women leaders at key posts

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Now that gender diversity is getting a strong push from India Inc, headhunters have decided to throw their weight behind the move. From including a certain percentage of women in their candidate shortlist to identifying high-quality women leaders in India and abroad through 'talent mapping', executive search firms are doing their bit to ensure that female managers get a chance to man key posts in organizations.

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Jet brings in new COO, Anita Goyal to join board

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Jet Airways has appointed aviation industry veteran Subodh Karnik as its chief operating officer. Karnik will oversee commercial and sales functions of the airline. He takes over from Hameed Ali, who will join the airline's board. Jet Airways' chairman Naresh Goyal's wife Anita, too, will join the board.

Karnik has worked in senior roles in marketing, strategic planning and finance departments of North West, Continental and Delta Airlines and was president and CEO of Global Aero Logistics, the largest provider of private air charter service to US military. Before joining Jet Airways, Karnik worked as a vice-president with consultancy firm ICF International.

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Genpact appoints Edward J Fitzpatrick as CFO

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BPO major Genpact today said it has appointed Edward J Fitzpatrick as its chief financial officer with effect from July 15, 2014. He will report directly to Genpact President and CEO NV Tyagarajan and will be based in New York City. Fitzpatrick most recently served as the CFO of Motorola Solutions Inc.

He succeeds Mohit Bhatia, who will remain with Genpact in the position of Senior Vice President (Internal Transformation) reporting to the CEO and will assist Fitzpatrick in the transition.

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Axis Bank elevates Sanjeev Gupta as Executive Director

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Axis Bank today said it has elevated Sanjeev Kumar Gupta as Executive Director with effect from September 1, a position where he will look after key corporate functions of the lender.

Gupta is currently President and CFO of the leading private bank.

He will take over from Somnath Sengupta, Executive Director (Corporate Centre), who has opted for early retirement, a bank release said here.

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Ramashrya Yadav appointed as CEO of Edelweiss's real estate platform

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Edelweiss today appointed Ramashrya Yadav as the chief executive officer of its new advisory platform, Real Estate practice.

"This new investment advisory platform, headed by Yadav, will serve as a nodal point, drawing on the expertise of the group's diversified platform. This new business will be housed within the credit and fixed income cluster," Edelweiss said in a statement.

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BHP looks to cut thousands of jobs from its iron ore division in WA

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Mining company BHP Billiton is looking at cutting thousands of jobs from its iron ore operations in WA.

The miner has already announced the loss of 500 jobs in recent months, including 100 at its headquarters in Perth. The ABC understands up to 3,000 jobs could go from BHP's iron ore division, which currently employs 16,000 people. A BHP spokeswoman said external consultants have been employed to conduct a review in order to cut costs. The ABC understands many of the jobs losses will involve contractors whose positions are coming to an end and their contracts will not be renewed.

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