The Walt Disney Company has announced that Sunil Rayan will now be the president and head of Disney+ Hotstar, which is Disney’s streaming service in India, that was included in the 20th Century Fox purchase.   It has over 300 million monthly users, and in March, it was rebranded with Disney+, resulting in one streaming service that includes all the Disney+ Originals, along with other content from 20th Century Fox, FX, along with original Indian and third party content.

Sunil Rayan has worked as over 20 years experience with tech companies, including working as general manager and managing director for Google’s Cloud for Games.  He has also previously worked at McKinsey, IBM, iGate Mastech and Infosys.

Uday Shanka, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, and chairman Star and Disney India, said:

“Five years ago, we set out to disrupt the way India consumed content and that mission has turned out to be totally revolutionary.  Sunil is an exciting talent with global accomplishments. We are on a mission to create the country’s largest and most advanced platform for curated content, and Sunil is just the right person to drive that ambition.

He has a stellar track record of scaling and growing complex businesses. Sunil is a truly global executive, bringing experiences from across the world – having scaled businesses in the US, setting up large teams in South East Asia, and working with super app players in Latin America”.




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  1. Raam Tarat June 30, 2020

    Disney Plus has been tone deaf in India of late, ignoring fans pleas to let the recently deceased superstar - Sushant Singh Rajput's final movie - "Dil Bechara" release in theatre / cinema chains asopposed to OTT. This was also the wish of the late actor's family too. Aside from this, they fuelled the Nepotism in Bollywood debate, by announcing the premiere of 7 new movies on the platform, but only inviting 4 star kids to make the announcement; ignoring 2 of the movies leads, who worked their way up.