Industry veteran Ravi Ahuja will be joining the Walt Disney Company’s senior leadership team as president and CFO of its television business.
Ahuja will officially join upon the close of the 21st Century Fox acquisition by Walt Disney, the company said in a media release.
In the new role, which combines the responsibilities of the company’s president, and Business Operations for Disney-ABC Television Group, Ahuja will oversee finance, strategic planning, business development, affiliate sales & distribution, technology, music affairs, consumer insights and labor relations for the division. In addition, he will liaise with Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International teams in regards to advertising sales and content distribution.
Ahuja is the latest senior TV executive announced to join Disney/ABC upon the closing of the 21CF transaction.
Ahuja currently serves as chief financial officer for the Fox Networks Group, which will no longer exist after the Disney-Fox acquisition, with parts of it going to Disney and parts staying behind in New Fox. In this position, he has direct management of finance and accounting while also overseeing business development for all FNG business units: Fox Broadcasting Company; Fox Cable Networks, including FX Networks; Fox Sports Media Group and National Geographic Partners; and Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa and Latin America.
Prior to his appointment as CFO at FNG, Ahuja was executive vice president of Business Operations and Development. His group contributed to investments and acquisitions including the National Geographic Partners, YES Network and Sports Time Ohio RSN transactions and in the planning and formulation of Fox Networks’ new channel strategy. Ahuja’s group was also active in new technology initiatives including Hulu and Roku.
Before joining Fox in 2007, Ahuja spent eight years at Virgin Entertainment Group, Inc. in increasingly responsible executive roles, ultimately becoming chief financial officer. Prior to joining Virgin, he was in the consulting practice at McKinsey & Company and began his career in investment banking.
Ahuja holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.