Discovery today announced it is strengthening its central Corporate Leadership Team in Asia Pacific with key appointments. Operating leadership remains with the company’s five market clusters announced earlier in year. The move adds innovative, world-class capabilities and resources to accelerate the company’s stated ambition to evolve from a traditional linear pay-tv to a true convergent media and entertainment business across market clusters in Asia.
Commenting on the appointments, Arthur Bastings, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific said, “We are laser focused on re-inventing our existing space and growing our business beyond linear across Asia. The new leadership team members bring with them strong entrepreneurial drive and a disruptive mindset. I am thrilled to welcome them on board as we step up our efforts to redefine our product and business portfolio in the region.”
The new executives bring extensive professional experience and capabilities from a number of diverse backgrounds:
Nikhil Madhok - SVP, Head of Products, will spearhead the re-development of the company’s product suite and champion a strong maker culture in the organisation. He will closely partner with the Innovation team on future digital offerings. Nikhil joins in January from Star where he recently led the turnaround of two of Star’s largest networks.
Rebecca Kent - VP Business Transformation, oversees change management, and leads business process and operational optimisation. Rebecca joined in September from Discovery’s Global Business Operations team in London.
Darrell Chan - VP Regional Counsel, will manage the legal dossier, drive strong governance around Discovery’s growing portfolio of equity stakes in new businesses and coordinate external affairs. Darrell joins on 1st February 2017, from Expedia. He will partner with Dinkim Sailo, who manages Discovery’s External and Government Affairs brief. Dinkim recently joined from SOS International.
Karun Arya - Director, Head of Corporate Communications,represents the company’s voice as it implements its ambitious transformation and investment plans. He onboarded recently from Uber.
Discovery’s new executives join Nilesh Zaveri (Chief Financial Officer & SVP Corporate Operations), Winradit Kasidit Kolasastraseni (SVP Innovation), Jonathan Mills (VP, Corporate Development), Karan Paul (VP Strategy) and Jin Tan (VP, Human Resources) in the APAC HQ team.