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Sangeeta Desai joins FremantleMedia from Hit

Sangeeta Desai

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia has hired Sangeeta Desai as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

She joins from kids producer and distributor Hit Entertainment where she was COO. Prior to that she was at private equity firm and Hit-backer Apax and has also worked at investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

At FremantleMedia she will oversee the company’s corporate, financial and legal affairs. Based in London, she will report to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, and will sit on the company’s board.

Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia said: “Sangeeta has an exceptional track record of driving strong business growth and operational performance, along with a deep understanding of the media industry and FremantleMedia’s key business areas. She has clear expertise in successfully implementing strategies that substantially increase company value, as well as greatly enhancing operational effectiveness and efficiency.”

Desai said: “Joining FremantleMedia presents an exciting opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading entertainment brands and industry figures. I am very much looking forward to taking on the responsibility and challenges of overseeing the operations and financial performance of this global entertainment company.”