Discovery Communications has announced that JB Perrette will become the next President of Discovery Networks International. Perrette will take charge from 23-year Discovery veteran Mark Hollinger, who announced his resignation in September 2013. Perrette is currently Chief Digital Officer at Discovery Communications.
Perrette will oversee the company’s international business with current regional and functional leaders Dee Forbes, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Western Europe; Kasia Kieli, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; Henrik Ravn, President and CEO, SBS Discovery Media Nordics; Henry Martinez, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic; Arjan Hoekstra, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific; Doug Baker, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Discovery Networks International; Luis Silberwasser, EVP and Chief Content Officer, Discovery Networks International; Tom Keaveny, President, International Affiliate Sales; and John Honeycutt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Discovery Networks International, will report to him.
Since joining Discovery in October 2011 as Chief Digital Officer, Perrette has built best-in-class digital and technology organisations, helping to establish Discovery’s industry-leading presence in the digital media field. He and his team led the successful acquisitions of Revision3 and DeFranco Creative, strategic investments in Lumosity and Learnist, the launches of digital/ online networks Animalist and TestTube, and the implementation of innovative live online experiences such as SKYWIRE LIVE and Animal Planet L!VE.
Sean Atkins will serve as the acting head of Discovery’s Digital business as the company performs an internal and external search for its next Chief Digital Officer. In addition, the IT/EOS teams, led by Kevin Loftis and Larry Laque, will now report to Andrew Warren, Chief Financial Officer, Discovery Communications.
Commenting on the development, David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications said, “Since his time at NBC as a leader in business development, distribution and digital to all the success and value that he has built at Discovery, JB has it all – strong strategic vision, operational expertise and exceptional team-building skills. This is a demanding role like no other, which I believe requires a corporate executive with a broad background to oversee all aspects of the business across 220 countries. Having spent half his career internationally, and with a unique mix of distribution, digital, strategy and business development experience, JB is the perfect fit to lead Discovery’s international operations.”
Perrette added here, “Discovery’s regional leaders are simply the best global operating team in all of media. I look forward to working closely with the world-class DNI team and fantastic collaborators as we capitalise on that momentum and chart the next phase of growth for Discovery.”
Prior to joining Discovery, Perrette spent 11 years with NBC Universal, where he most recently served as President, Digital and Affiliate Distribution, and Content Distribution Strategy, leading North American distribution of television and film content across platforms.