People: Dish TV India Ltd (DSTV.NS)
Mr. Ashok Mathai Kurien is Non-Executive Director of Dish TV India Limited. Mr. Kurien has been in the business of building brands for over 35 years, particularly in the fields of media and communications. An early bird, Ashok Kurien has the keen eye of driving start-ups in emerging businesses and guiding them to size and scale, such as TV, Lottery, PR and dot coms, where he invested and mentored, which have been resounding success stories. Mr. Ashok Kurien, a well known personality in the Advertising world, founded Ambience Advertising, one of the most formidable creative powerhouse in its first decade. Ambience has come a long way, and was later sold to the Publicis Groupe. As a special advisor to the U.S$ 5 billion Publicis Groupe, he leads their mergers and acquisitions for India. He is founder and promoter of various business ventures including Hanmer & Partners, one of India’s topthree Public Relations agencies, Flora2000, one of the global flower distribution services on the web, as well as a few other internet ventures. Despite the great heights he’s achieved in his career, Ashok Kurien has his feet firmly rooted to the ground. He believes in commitment to society and is involved with a number of charities, NGOs and social service organizations.
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