New Delhi, Dec. 13 -- The Walt Disney Co. announced the appointment of Uday Shankar, as chairman, Star and Disney India, and president, The Walt Disney Co. Asia Pacific as part of a leadership reorganization strategy on Thursday. Shankar is currently president, 21st Century Fox, Asia, and chairman and CEO of Star India. The direct-to consumer and international segments of the company have sought strategic alignment of their consolidated international business units as part of the integration planning for the pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Inc.

The Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. for about $52.4 billion in stock last December.

"The planned restructuring of our business units outside of the US ...