Essel Group has roped in Atul Pande as the chief executive officer of its sports business. Pande will oversee Essel's sports business that includes the Mumbai Football Club, All Sports Magazine, ICL, all new initiatives and the broadcasting business, which comprises Zee Sports and Ten Sports.
Pande will report to the group's chairman, Subhash Chandra for Essel Sports Business and Punit Goenka, CEO, ZEEL for the broadcasting business. Peter Hutton will continue to be the COO of Ten Sports and will report to the board of Ten Sports.
Pande was previously the managing director of Cholamandalam DBS, a financial services company. In his 20-year tenure, he has worked across sectors such as FMCG, BPO and financial services, in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Godrej, GE Capital and Citicorp Maruti.
In a related development, Himanshu Mody, who headed these businesses for the last few years, has been elevated to the position of head - finance and strategy for Essel Group. He too will report to Subhash Chandra.