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Viacom International Media Networks unveiled a series of executive promotions and appointments across its Asia-Pacific footprint. They take effect from Oct 1.

Paras Sharma, previously senior VP of MTV, Comedy Central & Paramount Channel brands, and digital media for Asia, has been promoted to senior VP & General Manager for Southeast Asia. He will continue to report directly to Mark Whitehead, executive VP and MD, VIMN Asia Pacific.

Simon Bates, VP of MTV, Comedy Central & Spike brands for Australia and New Zealand, is appointed VP, head of MTV Asia Pacific, and Comedy Central and Spike for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Bates will dual report to Whitehead for his MTV regional role and to Ben Richardson, senior VP and GM in ANZ for his local brand leadership over MTV, Comedy Central and Spike.

Kirsty Bloore, research director for ANZ, is promoted to senior director, research for Asia Pacific. Bloore will report to Amit Arora, VP of strategy and business development, Asia Pacific and to Richardson for ANZ research support.