The Printers Mysore is led by a management council and an executive team. The Management Council comprises three full-time directors K N Tilak Kumar, K N Shanth Kumar and Parul Shah.
K N Tilak Kumar
Director, Editor of Deccan Herald and Sudha.
Tilak Kumar has nearly four decades of experience in the newspaper industry. He has been on the management at The Printers Mysore as a director since 1978. Known for his dynamism, he has been responsible for the growth of Prajavani in rural pockets of Karnataka. He is a former president of the Indian Newspaper Society and has been affiliated with other industry bodies. Tilak also brings with him the experience of chairing the KNG Trust started by his grandfather, late K N Guruswamy, a toddy businessman, publisher and philanthropist. The KNG Trust is a not-for-profit entity that operates the Ashram School, Deccan International School and Nettakallappa Aquatic Center.
K N Shanth Kumar
Director, Editor of Prajavani and Mayura.
Shanth Kumar has been a printing technologist, editor and director with The Printers Mysore since 1983. He has driven the editorial coverage at Prajavani and helped it retain a leadership position in Karnataka over the last decade. Under him, the daily has seen several developments, including a redesign and new supplements. Shanth is a director of the Press Trust of India, where he recently completed his term as chairman and Wan-Ifra India. He is a former chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation. He has covered the last eight Olympics as a photojournalist for Deccan Herald and Prajavani. Shanth oversees the Nettakallappa Sports Foundation, a charitable trust started by his father K A Nettakallappa, that promotes the Deccan Athletic Club and provides scholarships to athletes. He was a former board member of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) where he promoted junior golf in India. He has the distinction of representing India in golf as a non-playing captain at the Asian Games in 2002.
Parul Anant Shah
Parul Shah has been a director at The Printers Mysore since 2001. She has overseen the development of the Deccan Herald student edition over the last decade.
K N Hari Kumar
Advisor to Directors.
Hari Kumar is the advisor to the Management Council as well as the next generation of the Kanekal Nettakallappa family, who are in various executive roles at the group. Hari Kumar is the former editor-in-chief of Deccan Herald, Prajavani, Sudha and Mayura and former chairman and managing director of The Printers Mysore, which he has been a part of since 1978. He is a journalist and writer with interests in history and economics. He has edited and contributed to books on free speech, media freedom and jurisprudence in India.
Karthik is the Chief Executive Officer of The Printers Mysore. His mandate is to drive strong business growth and re-cast the company into a future-ready, digital-era media powerhouse. Karthik brings deep Sales, Operations, Strategy and Marketing experience into his current role. His strengths lie in strategy formulation, developing high-performing teams, driving business transformation, building brands, delivering digital makeovers - all this with a strong focus on execution excellence. Prior to his current role, Karthik spent 8+ years with the Mahindra group in Mumbai. In his last role with the group, he was the custodian of the corporate brand. Prior to joining Mahindra in 2008, Karthik spent 11 years in Sales and Marketing in companies like Monsanto, Lafarge and Dabur Ayurvet. Karthik has a degree in Agricultural Sciences from UAS, Bengaluru and a post-graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad.
Kaliyuga Easwarasamy V
Chief Financial Officer.
Kaliyuga Easwarasamy V (Easwar) is Chief Financial Officer of The Printers Mysore. His mandate is to support CEO and the Board to shape the overall strategy of the Company besides bringing cost efficiencies across divisions and implementing good corporate governance. He also oversees legal & secretarial functions. Easwar comes with significant experience in formulating strategy, financial planning, mergers & acquisitions, financial control and implementing latest tools and technologies to make the finance operations more efficient and effective.
Prior to his current role, Easwar spent 8+ years with Pearson Plc in India and London. His last role with Pearson was VP-Finance for Growth markets overseeing 40+ countries FP&A function. Prior to joining Pearson he spent 4 years in Equity research in Crisil Ltd. Easwar is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and national rank holder in both CA & CS.
Chief Operating Officer - Digital.
Arpan plays a pivotal role in driving the organisation forward on the digital initiatives of the group and he reports to the CEO.
Arpan, with over 20 years of experience is a media specialist with diversified experience across leadership roles in Indian media companies and new economy businesses.
He previously led and managed the digital media business with The Hindu Group of Publications across all media properties and platforms.
He has been CSMO for a group publication of one of India’s largest media brand – Dainik Jagran, prior to which he headed the Inside Sales & marketing function across North America & Asia markets with an eBay partner company. As a internet start-up specialist & associated with the digital landscape since 1999 he was a part of the startup team at Webdunia , which was India’s first Indian Language internet portal & technology services company and as Sales Head & maximized the operation of Dice Inc in India which was a joint venture with CyberMedia Group, creating India’s first IT job portal.
Arpan started his career with Times of India.
An alumni of IIM – Calcutta (SMP), Arpan has been associated with industry bodies like MRUC (Media Research Users Council) & RSCI (Readership Studies Council of India)
Listening and researching on contemporary jazz music is his favourite hobby.
General Manager – Circulation.
Oliver has 24 years of experience in the newspaper circulation (sales and distribution) function in various companies. He oversees the sales operations in Karnataka and New Delhi. He is focused on executing innovative strategies in the market, building a high-performance team and is responsible for subscription revenue generation across the region. Previously, he has worked at Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. for 20 years and was instrumental in launching and re-launching various editions, including the Bengaluru edition of The Times of India in 1996. He had a short stint at Diligent Media Corporation, where he was responsible for launching DNA in Mumbai (2005). He successfully launched and sustained The Times of India’s Goa edition for five years (2008-14), while also overseeing parts of southern Maharashtra. Oliver is a native of Mangaluru and graduated in economics from Mangaluru University.
General Manager – Advertisement Sales.
Since 2009, Sudip has been responsible for steering and overseeing advertising revenue growth and initiatives for publications by The Printers Mysore. His mandate includes development, supervision and providing strategic direction to all marketing revenue verticals. He oversees advertising sales and provides strategic direction for initiatives to support revenue growth. He has 23 years of experience in various media houses, including Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd. and The Indian Express Group(Mumbai). Sudip Nag hails from West Bengal and is a Commerce (Hons.) graduate from Calcutta University.
General Manager – Brand Strategy and Development.
Harsh joined The Printers Mysore in July 2016. His core work areas as a brand custodian are to build The Printers Mysore brands among the B2C and B2B audiences (brand strategy, brand plans, brand architecture, brand communication, salience and engagement among B2B audiences); build overall strategic product road map for a winning product portfolio (Deccan Herald, Prajavani, Sudha and Mayura); manage events, activations and strategic partnerships effectively to help build readership and revenue; and measure brand health, understand reader/advertiser insights and create actionables for both brand and product improvement. Through his work, Harsh has evolved into a marketing expert with 17 years of successfully driving growth across consumer goods and media industries at companies like UB Group, Mattel (India) and HT Media. He has worked with the Hindustan Times in Mumbai for a decade and was instrumental in increasing the circulation figures. Harsh grew up in Mumbai and has a mechanical engineering degree from Pune University, followed by a masters in management from Mumbai University.
General Manager – Production.
Srinivas joined The Printers Mysore in 1991 in the production department and has overseen the materials (purchase) and production (printing) departments. He currently oversees all the printing operations for the company. He started his career in 1986 in functions like planning and engineering for industries like Gogate, Arlem and Tata Metals & Strips Ltd. Srinivas is a native of Guntur, AP and is a mechanical engineer from Nagarajuna University. He completed an executive leadership programme from the Indian School of Business in 2010.
Executive – Group Strategy.
Nikhil Kanekal currently leads digital business initiatives at The Printers Mysore. He is working closely with the CEO and senior leadership on a mandate to transform a legacy business into a diversified digital-era media company. He started his career as an editorial intern at The Hindu and later at CNN-IBN (now CNN News18). He was a journalist at Mint (New Delhi), where he covered the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court and lower courts. Prior to taking up his executive role, he worked as a sub-editor at Deccan Herald’s state and nation desks.
Nikhil is a law and humanities graduate from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and has a master’s degree in investigative journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York. He teaches part-time at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai and is the convener of the ACJ Awards for Investigative Journalism.
Chaitanya is involved in various business planning and strategy projects at The Printers Mysore and works closely with the directors. He has a degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
Associate Editor – Deccan Herald.
Since joining Deccan Herald in 1990, Arun has followed closely the unfolding of several events of national and international importance mainly in Delhi where he was Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of DH. He is keenly interested in critical analysis of events, mainly political, from an all-India perspective. Having covered Parliament regularly, Arun was made chairman of Lok Sabha Speaker’s Media Advisory Committee in 2004-05 after serving as its member for two terms. In his journalistic career, he has covered a variety of key developments including the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat or the innumerable number of elections for Assembly and Lok Sabha across different states. Arun has visited several countries, many of them to cover the visits of Indian prime ministers besides bilateral and multilateral summits.
Chethana heads the Features team responsible for bringing out the various supplements of Deccan Herald that cover art, culture, architecture, history, lifestyle, humour, travel, literature, entertainment, and much more.
S R Ramakrishna
City Editor and Head of Metrolife.
S R Ramakrishna joined Deccan Herald in 2016. He works with city reporting, desk and digital teams and edits stories. In an earlier stint, he was sub-editor-Deccan Herald from 1989 to 1997. He has taught at Asian College of Journalism and has worked in a variety of news environments as Resident Editor-Mid Day, Deputy Resident Editor-Bengaluru Mirror, and Senior Editor-The New Indian Express. In the online space, he was Front Page Editor of Yahoo.com, and Founder-Editor of The Music Magazine. His interests include music and translation. His books are prescribed reading at several universities.
Business Editor, Deccan Herald.
In his 22 years of experience as Business Journalist, he has worked across three leading business newspapers – The Economic Times, Business Standard and The Financial Express – and Deccan Herald in Bengaluru. He has worked in all aspects of print journalism such as reporting, editing, designing, page making and feature writing. He has covered a wide spectrum of businesses and corporates in Karnataka.
Civic Affairs Editor.
Handling the Sunday special package 'Pointblank', Rasheed Kappan covers big picture stories on urban infrastructure and civic utilities, policy and mobility concerns with a sustainability focus. He also writes on aviation, technology and startups, arts, architecture and culture besides collaborating with designers to create info-graphic content.
Social Media Editor.
Suma Nagaraj joined Deccan Herald in 2017 with over a decade of experience in the digital content space. She has covered the gamut of media in the course of her career, with stints in music retail, editorial post-production work for Hollywood movies, and a two-year long research assistantship for a feminist theater director while in San Francisco. She was the social media lead, commissioning editor, and in-house blogger at Yahoo! India for over five years from 2006. She took a study sabbatical after her Yahoo! stint to pursue a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2012. An avowed bibliophile, Suma is currently working on her first book. She edits book-length manuscripts and teaches creative writing in her spare time. She is passionate about online conversation, coffee, music, and bookstore tourism. Suma enjoys working with words in spaces where language, literature, and communication coalesce.
T R Sathish Kumar
Principal Correspondent, Mysuru.
Sathish is responsible for sourcing of news stories, articles and photographs from the old Mysuru region and for covering Mysuru city, Mysuru district, Mandya district, Chamarajanagar district and Hassan district. He has been with the organisation since April 1, 2006. He has reported on problems of the region, and on development aspects. He has done stories related to polity, culture and heritage of Mysuru.
Anand V Yamnur
News Editor/ Chief of Bureau, Hubballi.
Anand joined Deccan Herald in 1996 at the Bengaluru office. In this two decades of service, he has worked in Bengaluru, and eight years in Kalaburagi, specialising in development reporting. At present, he is News Editor and Chief of Bureau of the DH Hubballi office, which has a jurisdiction of 16 districts - Shivamogga, Chitradurga, Davangere, Koppal, Ballari, Raichur, Haveri, Bagalkot, Gadag, Dharwad, Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Vijaypur, Bidar, Kalaburagi, and Yadgir districts.
Hubballi bureau is the only bureau after Bengaluru where the local pages are done (12 pages). Before joining Deccan Herald, he was a guest lecturer at Karnatak University in Dharwad in Mass Communication & Journalism for four years. He has Masters (MA) in Mass-Communication & Journalism, and in Social Work. He has been awarded with the Karnataka Media Academy award in 2015. He is also a member of the Dharwad District Sainik Welfare Board of the State Government.
Ravindra G Bhat
Ravindra Bhat started his career with Samyukta Karnataka as sub editor in 1990. After serving as Sub-editor/ Reporter in Udayavani, he joined Prajavani in 1995. He has had multiple roles in the publication such as Sub Editor, Davanagere district correspondent, Mysore staff correspondent and Mysore News Bureau Chief. Ravindra Bhat completed his Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharawad in 1990.
After completing his education, Nagaraja started working in local dailies in Mysuru. He joined Prajavani in 1993 and worked as Reporter, Hassan district Correspondent, Chief Reporter (Bengaluru), Chief Sub Editor and Chief of News Bureau in Hubballi. He completed his Masters in Journalism from Mysuru University, Mysuru in 1987.
Associate Editor, Magazine Section
B M Haneef started his career as a Junior Accountant in Brahmavar Sugar Factory. He joined Mungaru daily in 1984 and served as Sub Editor/ Reporter for five years before joining Prajavani as Sub-Editor in Bengaluru. In his 28-year stint in Prajavani, Haneef has served in various capacities such as Senior Sub Editor, Chief Sub Editor, Bureau Chief and Assistant Editor across Bijapur, Mysuru and Bengaluru editions. He has 10 books in Kannada to his credit including a poem collection and a short story collection. He was born in Bellairu, a village near Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada. He is a Commerce graduate from Mangaluru University.
G D Yatish Kumar
G.D.Yatish Kumar hailing from Mandya, Karnataka has worked in different capacities in Prajavani for last 23 years. He is a Post-Graduate in Botany from Mysore University. He joined Prajavani in 1995 as a Reporter and is currently working as a Special Correspont, heading Bengaluru city bureau. He has participated in several WAN-IFRA training workshops and has trained in Web Journalism, Data Journalism, New Layout, news report packaging and new techniques in reporting. He worked as an Internal Enquiry Officer in few cases in the organisation. His team won one lakh rupees from Namma Bangalore Foundation in 2016 for Bangalore-centric reports. He was also honored with Media Academy award in 2016. He is an avid wildlife photographer and has travelled all over the state, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madya Pradesh, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir for the same purpose. He has a vast collection of Wildlife photographs. He is deeply concerned about forest dwellers and has conducted free eye camp for Soliga community in Biligiri Rangana Betta with the help of the Forest Department.
Sudesh has been writing a column by name ‘ESHANYA DIKKININDA’ every fort nightly for the past 50 weeks. My passion is writing. I enjoy writing narrative stories, travelogues and articles and stories related to rural India. I love traveling and meeting new people. Recently I had been to South Africa. My favorite hobbies are reading books, listening to music and meeting interesting people. I am a post graduate in Political Science from University of Mysore.
He started his career as a Reporter with Prajavani in 1992 and since then, has held various positions in the organisation. A post graduate in Social Work (MSW) and Communication studies (BS Communication) from the University of Bengaluru, Udayakumar has experience in working for PRAJAVANI SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT. He also has rich experience as Chief Correspondent for Belagavi district, as Principal Correspondent at Bengaluru, as Chief of State Bureau for reporting at Bengaluru. Udayakumar has also worked with Sudha and Mayura. He is presently a senior member of the team that looks after the Editorial/Opinion page of Prajavani. His areas of interest include Politics, Cinema, Sociology, Culture and Literature.
Keshav G. Zingade
Assistant Editor .
Keshav joined Prajavani in 1990 and in the 27 years of his career he has worked in various capacities and is currently heading the Business Desk. He has an M.A. degree in Economics from Karnataka University in Dharwad. Reading literature, listening to music and watching comedy shows are his favorite hobbies.
Nagesh Shenoy P
Assistant Editor, Sports Section
Nagesh has been working in Prajavani since 1990 November. During his career in the organization, he has worked in Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Mangalore and Davanagere Bureaus. Owing to his special interest in sports, he has covered many National and International sports events. He was born on 6th April and holds an M.A. Journalism.
Y. G. Jagadeesha
Has over 22 years of Journalism experience. Master of Arts in Kannada Literature from Kuvempu University, worked as a lecturer for a few years. In 1997 joined ‘Kannada Janatharanga' newspaper. Subsequently worked in Ushakirana, Udayavani, and Vijaya Karnataka as a reporter. Joined Prajavani as Special Correspondent. Now he is working as chief of the Bengaluru news bureau. Heading a dynamic team of reporters. Jagadeesh is known for some of his reports. Namely, Lokayukta's illegal mining report, Analytical Special Report on coastal communal violence. He was a keen analyst of State Budget and Politics. Authored two books. ‘ಮುತ್ತಾಗದ ಮಳೆ ಹನಿ' (short stories), ‘ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಂಡ ಕೃಷ್ಣ' (A.N. Krishnaraya life history).
B N Sreedhara
Chief of News Bureau, Hubballi
B.N.Sreedhara has over 20 years of experience as a Journalist. After getting a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Mysore, he joined Prajavani in 1997. He started his work as a Reporter/ Sub-editor in Bangaluru. Thereafter he worked as Crime Reporter in Bangaluru. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as District Correspondent in Mandya. During this time, his reporting on illegal mining received Karnataka Media Academy Award. He moved to Bangaluru where his reporting on politics, governance, developments in political parties (Congress, JD(S), BJP), cabinet briefings, legislature reporting, ministerial level decision were widely read. He moved to Hubballi in May 2016, and took over as Hubballi Bureau Chief in May 2017.
Chief Sub Editor
Having pursued the master’s degree in Mass communication and journalism from Karnatak University Dharwad, began working as a sub editor for Prajavani Bangalore office in 2002, subsequently as a chief sub editor for Hubballi bureau and currently as the chief of Mysore news bureau.
Sidde Gowda N
Chief of News Bureau, Tumakuru
Sidde Gowda has been working with Praja Vani for the last two decades in various capacities as a journalist. After completing his Masters programme in Economics, he joined Prajavani in 1997 as Trainee Reporter / Sub-Editor. Between 2001- 2006, he was posted as District Correspondent in the sensitive Chamarajanagara district, when forest brigand Veerappan terrorised the region. He had a stint in the HQ of Bengaluru as the Chief Reporter, Bengaluru City Bureau. He has written on diverse topics including politics, forest, tribal issues, civic problems, urban transportation and management; municipality issues; Bengaluru Development, Metro Rail Project and other city issues. He has reported extensively on the state's political developments, has analysed political issues, and has also undertaken legislature reporting.
Chief of News Bureau, Hubballi
Journalist, author, movie critic, a sportswriter with 20 years of experience. He had worked with a website for 4 years before joining Prajavani in 2004. 'Best Student' awardee (in PG Diploma) of Asian College of Journalism. He holds a double Masters' degree in Kannada and Journalism. He had authored books like Sachin Tendulkar, Kanagal Prabhakar Shastri, Namma Nirdeshakiyaru, Fourth Umpire. He was in the editorial committee of Chandanavana (2000- 2010, History of Kannada Cinema). He was in the Jury panel of Karnataka State Film Award Selection Committee, 2012 and BIFFs (Bengaluru International Film Festival) 2015. He had narrated columns of famous IPS officers Mr. B.K.Shivaram and Mr. Shankar Bidari. He had also narrated columns of well-known film personalities like Mr.Rajendra Singh Babu, Mr. Dwarakish. He had translated the series of articles about Netaji written by Mrs. Chudi Shivram. Since 2018 April he is heading the Davanagere bureau.
Ganesh D. Chandanshiv
Started his career with Samyukta Karnataka as Sub Editor/Reporter in 1999. Joined Prajavani in 2007 and worked as Sub Editor/Reporter at Hubballi, District Correspondent at Vijayapura, Chief Reporter Kalaburagi. Now he is heading the Kalaburagi Bureau. It covers districts of Kalaburagi, Bidar, Yadagiri, Raichur, Koppal. He has 20 years of experience in the field of journalism. He has a Masters degree in MCJ.
Prakash Kugve Worked for six months in Karnataka News Net before joining Prajavani. Joined Prajavani group in September 2001 and got the opportunity to serve for two years in ‘Mayura' monthly magazine and in ‘Sudha' weekly magazine. After serving in various sections of Prajavani head office in Bengaluru, he was transferred to Chitradurga as District Reporter. From there Shivamogga and Davanagere subsequently. Now he serving as Prajavani Mangalore bureau chief.
Praveen is in charge of KARNATAKA DARSHANA and KAMANABILLU supplements. He has over 18 years of experience in the field of journalism. His articles are focused on development activities & civic related issues. He also covers interesting human-stories (Did series of stories, when North Karnataka witnessed floods in 2009). He has also covered Test and ODI cricket matches held across India.
More than 20 years of experience in the field of Journalism. Worked in Sudha weekly as senior sub-editor for nearly about 12 years. Now in-charge of Prajavani Metro supplement. Theatrical activities, writing articles, reviews on plays, movies, Newspaper/magazine design, art, cinema, documentary making, food and travelling are my passion. Traveled Scandinavian countries like Norway, France, Netherlands etc. Visited many world class painters art galleries like Van Gogh museum, Modern art gallery Amsterdam, Edvard munch museum (Oslo), Norway National gallery, Louvre museum (Paris) etc.
Ghanashyam D M
Senior Sub-editor, Section Chief, Metro section.
Passionate about journalism, fond of ideas, innovation and experiments, Ghanashyam loves to identify and encourage new thoughts in his colleagues. He believes that chasing the dream is breath of every second. His experience of various supplements and SUDHA magazine shaped his interests and learning discipline. He has worked as District Correspondent of Chikkamagalur and as Senior sub-editor at Tumkur bureau. He has a keen interest in cinema, social media, multimedia, technology, urban lifestyle, agriculture, personal finance, national defence, literature, folk arts among other subjects.
Assistant Editor, Sudha.
Raghunatha was born at Haralapura of Madhugiri Taluk, Tumkur District on November 1, 1974. He studied Kannada M.A. and M.A. in Journalism. He also passed out from Asian College of Journalism completing a PG diploma. He has over eighteen years of experience in journalism and currently serves as Chief Sub-editor in Prajavani. His areas of interest include film, literature and culture.
Senior Sub Editor, Mayura.
Sandeep joined Prajavani in the year 2005 as sub editor. Presently he is working as senior sub editor in Mayura. Sandeep holds a B.A. and B Ed degree and has three books to his credit – Godege Bareda Navilu (short stories), Aganita Chahare (poems) and K.V. Jayaram (profile).