ESPN STAR Sports Announces promotion of Manu Sawhney to Managing Director

The Board
of Directors of ESPN STAR Sports,
Asia’s
number one sports broadcaster, today announced the appointment of Manu Sawhney
as the company’s Managing Director with immediate effect. Sawhney succeeds
Jamie Davis who has resigned from the company.

Davis, who joined ESPN STAR Sports in 2005, will continue to serve as a
consultant to the company and will work closely with Sawhney to ensure a
seamless leadership transition.

Announcing the appointment, Russell Wolff, Managing Director, ESPN
International and Paul Aiello, Chief Executive Officer, STAR said on behalf of
the ESPN STAR Sports Board of Directors, “Manu’s background and experience in
sports broadcasting is unmatched. He has played an instrumental role in the
growth of the company by leading the negotiations of a number of major sports
acquisitions and key Indian affiliate renewals during his time in

India,
tremendously expanding the programming choices enjoyed by our fans. The Board
is confident that under Manu’s leadership and with the company’s strong
management team, ESPN STAR Sports will continue to grow.”

Wolff and Aiello continued,”Over the past two years, Jamie has dedicated
himself to the growth of the company and has worked tirelessly towards
strengthening our powerful ESPN and STAR Sports brands across the region. Under
his leadership the company has achieved unprecedented financial growth and
launched new mobile, broadband and television services. We thank Jamie for his
contribution and wish him all the best.”

Davis said, “I
would like to thank the Board and everyone at ESPN STAR Sports for their
support in the past two years. The company has built a formidable base from
which to continue its development and I am confident that it will continue to
serve the region at a world-class level for years to come. ”

On his appointment, Sawhney said, “I have truly enjoyed the excitement and
challenges in sports broadcasting throughout my career at ESPN STAR Sports. I
am particularly proud to have been with the company since its inception, and
feel fortunate to have played a part in its fantastic growth over the years. I
very much look forward to working with the Board and the dedicated team we have
in place as we strive to strengthen the company’s position as the leading sport
broadcaster in
Asia.”

Sawhney joined ESPN STAR Sports in 1996 as a Marketing Manager and was promoted
to Managing Director of ESPN Software
India
in 1999 where he led the growth of the company from a start-up to the leading
sports broadcaster in
South Asia. Sawhney
moved to the network’s headquarters in

Singapore in 2003 as Senior Vice
President of Programming and Event Management and was promoted to Executive
Vice President of Programming and Marketing in 2005 where he expanded his
responsibilities to include Network Presentation and Marketing & Communications.
Manu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has done his
Masters in International Business.

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