Discovery has roped in Rajesh Kaul as president. He comes in place of Gurjeet Singh Kapoor, who quit the company last month. Kaul's tenure started from September 1, 2008, and he will report directly to the board.
Talking about the appointment, NP Singh, COO, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) India tells afaqs!, "Rajesh has a rich experience of distribution and has handled complex domestic distribution with a great flair. It's exciting to have such a talented person amongst us."
A chemical engineer by profession, Kaul started his career with ICICI and moved on to Modi Entertainment Network. He joined ESPN in 1997 and was with the company for 11 years. He played a vital role in carving the success story of ESPN, heading the distribution and marketing nationally for ESPN Software since its establishment. He has been instrumental in the successful launch of the sportscaster's latest channel - Star Cricket.
According to Kaul, his stint with ESPN and the successful launch of Star Cricket was the most satisfying achievement of his career.
Known for his excellent team handling skills, Kaul is handling the operations from Mumbai and is all geared up for the role. "TheOneAlliance-MSM Discovery is a very exciting company. And especially after IPL, it has become the strongest bouquet of channels. It's the only bouquet that shows exclusive cricket for couple of months at regular intervals. Moreover, we have an excellent team who has been doing a brilliant job. I'm confident about the future of this company. I'm really happy to be a part of TheOneAlliance bouquet," he said.
TheOneAlliance is a joint venture between Multi Screen Media India (SET India Pvt Ltd) and Discovery Communications India. It started with in-house channels, Sony Entertainment Television, MAX, AXN, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Among other channels, MTV, Vh1, Nick, AXN, NDTV India, NDTV 24x7, NDTV Profit, Animal Planet, Animax, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and Tez are also part of TheOneAlliance network.