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Hooq reels in Turner exec for SE Asia

Asian SVoD service Hooq has hired the head of Turner in Hong Kong and South-East Asia as its chief commercial officer as part of a company rejig.

Vishal Dembla

Vishal Dembla moves to the Singapore-headquartered streamer to grow its business development strategy, partnerships and customer service. Additionally, he will lead country operations in South-East Asia to expand Hooq’s presence in the region.

The exec brings more than 15 years’ experience to the company, having most recently served as the regional VP and general manager of Turner, where he helped manage the firm’s businesses and build teams across Asia Pacific. He has also served in similar positions at Indian media company Reliance Broadcast Network.

Dembla assumes business development and partnership duties from CEO Peter Bithos and takes over country operations from Jane Walker, VP of South-East Asia country operations, who has been made VP of marketing. Walker has been with Hooq since its launch and will now focus her efforts on steering the marketing team.

Meanwhile, Gautam Kiwayat will assume the role of MD of Singapore in addition to his current responsibilities covering Hooq’s freemium and AVoD efforts. He will report to Dembla in his new position.

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