New York/Mumbai – Network18 and A&E Television Networks (AETN) announced the appointment of Ajay Chacko as president of AETN18 Media Pvt. Ltd, the recently announced joint venture between AETN and Network18. Based in Mumbai, Chacko will be responsible for the day-to-day operational, strategic and financial management of the joint venture and its suite of channels and services. AETN18 plans to launch HISTORY, BIO, Crime & Investigation Network and other AETN entertainment channels in the Indian market. The timeline for these launches is expected to be announced shortly. With a career spanning over 15 years, Chacko has rich experience across a variety of roles in sales, marketing & general management within the media and entertainment and services industry. During his tenure at Network18 over the past seven years, Chacko played a critical role in steering CNBC TV18, CNBC AWAAZ and Forbes India to leadership positions. Prior to joining the group, Chacko worked with leading majors in media and financial services in various capacities involving stints with IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, India), Sharekhan and the Indian Express Group.