Uday Shankar will step down as president, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and chairman, Star & Disney India, effective Dec. 31, 2020. He will now pursue an entrepreneurial career.
Shankar will work with Rebecca Campbell, chair of Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international segment to identify his successor.
Shankar was in his role from February 2019. Previously, he was president of 21st Century Fox for Asia and the chair and CEO of Star India. He took over the leadership of Star India in 2007, where he not only transformed the Star business into one of the largest and most successful media companies in Asia, but also played a significant role in revolutionizing the media landscape of the region.
His successes include consolidating Star’s sports broadcasting operations through 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of its joint venture with ESPN. Driven by the lucrative Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, the rights for which Star