Media veteran Nitin Chawla moves on from Disney

He was head of business operations, digital media for D2C and international business.

Mumbai: Global media veteran Nitin Chawla has announced his decision to quit The Walt Disney Company after over a 13 years-stint. He was head of business operations, digital media for direct-to-consumer and international business.

"After 13 wonderful years at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC), I have decided to leave the company and today is my last day," he said in a recently shared LinkedIn post.

At Disney, Chawla was responsible for business operations, strategy and profitability of The Walt Disney Company's portfolio of owned, operated and third-party entertainment and news digital assets like ABC, ABC News, Disney, FreeForm, FX, National Geographic, Marvel, and Star Wars.

"As I reflect on my career at Disney, I am filled with nothing but gratitude for the diverse professional opportunities to contribute to the company’s growth. From putting TWDC on the entertainment map in the fast-growing Indian market, driving the company's innovation agenda through immersive technology-led experiences, and re-positioning Disney’s digital assets for a direct-to-consumer streaming future, it has been an incredible ride," he further said.

In the same post, Chawla also hinted at his possible next professional assignment. "Through all of this, I’ve worked with and learned from the best and the brightest in the industry, many of whom have become friends and family for life. While I will miss Disney, I’m excited and energized about my next professional chapter. More to come on that in the next few days. Stay tuned."

In a career spanning over 25 years, Chawla has had a track record of operating and scaling existing businesses, driving technology-led innovation, building new ventures, and driving transformational growth.

He began his journey with Disney as VP (corporate strategy/business development) and GM (interactive business) in 2008. He defined and executed the strategy and growth agenda for the company in India - including, new venture evaluation, M&A and strategic partnerships for existing lines of businesses (television, films, digital, retail). He also led the Disney Interactive operations and P&L (gaming and app/online business).

In 2013, he was elevated to the position of VP and GM, connected experiences (games and interactive experiences) at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

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