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Disney+Hotstar’s Sunil Rayan steps down

Disney+Hotstar India president Sunil Rayan has stepped down over personal reasons.

He had joined the organization in June 2020, in the wake of leaving Google where he filled in as managing director of Google Cloud for Games, at the internet giant’s headquarter at Mountain View, California in the US.

K Madhavan, president of The Walt Disney Company India and Star India, informed the staff about Rayan’s exit in an internal memo.

Madhavan said that under Rayan’s leadership, the Hotstar group has made “fantastic achievements” over the most recent two years, and fabricated “phenomenal technology assets” to improve and become the Disney+ Hotstar platform.

“…Sunil Rayan has decided to leave the company due to personal reasons. As many of you know, Sunil joined us in early 2020 with the intention of relocating from the US to India to lead Disney+ Hotstar. The pandemic halted those plans and he led the team remotely,” the memo read. “However, now that the world has once again opened up, Sunil has made the difficult decision that it is best for his family to remain in the US.”

“Working with many stakeholders and colleagues across Disney|Star and Disney Streaming, he and his team have developed strategies to better serve our consumers and advance Disney’s direct-to-consumer priorities,” the memo reads.

Rayan will serve the organization till May, overseeing a smooth transition while the organization will search for another head.

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