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New roles for Rahul Johri, Deepak Shourie at Discovery

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | May 22, 2008
The appointments have been made to integrate and synergise Discovery's India and Asia operations. The integration will allow the operations to share content and resources

Rahul & #BANNER1 & # Johri, who is serving as senior vice-president, advertising sales, at Discovery Networks India, currently, will take on additional charge as country manager from July 1. Deepak Shourie, who is currently executive vice-president and managing director of the company, will take on the new role of advisor, corporate affairs.

The appointments have been made to integrate and synergise Discovery's India and Asia operations. The integration will allow the operations to share content and resources.

Rahul Johri

Deepak Shourie
Johri will report to Tom Keaveny, EV-P and MD, Discovery Networks Asia. He has more than 15 years of experience in the media industry and worked with IMG prior to joining Discovery in 2001.

"I am honoured to step into this new role and look forward to working with the entire team in India to move the business forward," Johri was quoted as saying by an official release.

Johri's been credited with consolidating and strengthening Discovery's portfolio in India, including the successful launch of sales on Discovery Travel & Living.

Shourie also joined Discovery in 2001, and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He's been responsible for launching TheOneAlliance, a joint venture between Sony Entertainment Television and Discovery Communications, which manages cable operations for partner and third party channels. Shourie, who is a member of the American Chambers of Commerce in India and a board member of Reliance Communications, also holds the key position of a director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation.

"I believe the time is right to formally recognise our close relationship with Asia and transition to new leadership, and I look forward to continuing to serve the company in an advisory capacity," Shourie was quoted as saying in the release.