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03 December 2019

Leadership change for the Press's operations in India and South Asia

Ratnesh Jha, the Managing Director of Cambridge University Press India and South Asia, is standing down to pursue other career opportunities.

During his six years with Cambridge, Ratnesh has played an important role in the Press’s success in India, developing innovative publishing and digital solutions, responding to changing needs from teachers and learners, putting in place a team which has generated strong growth, and laying the foundations for further expansion.

Managing Director for the Press’s Education Group, Rod Smith, said, “Ratnesh has helped build Cambridge’s profile with government, industry bodies and school chains and under his leadership our teams have had a powerful and positive impact on education in this region.”

Govindan Talian Veedu will take over the role from Ratnesh. Govindan will move from his current post as the Press’s Regional Director for English and Education in the ASEAN region and North East Asia, where he has built an impressive track-record in driving sustained growth, building effective teams and long-lasting relationships with customers. Govindan has a deep knowledge of the South Asia market from previous roles in the Press’s India operations, and is well-placed to lead Cambridge’s business in the region.

Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, Peter Phillips said, “Ratnesh has been a huge asset to the Press in India and South Asia, leading with great energy and vision. While we’re sorry he’s moving on, we wish him success in his future career. Govindan’s achievements with Cambridge in the ASEAN region and North East Asia position him well to lead a smooth transition and to drive continuing success for the Press in India and South Asia.”

Ratnesh will work with Govindan on the hand over, with Govindan formally taking up his new role at the end of January 2020 when Ratnesh leaves.


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