New Delhi : Rahul Johri, Senior Vice President & General Manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has been conferred the prestigious “CEO of the Year” award at the Broadcasting Industry Awards, organised by the World Brand Congress.
The award was given in recognition of Rahul’s impactful strategy in establishing Discovery as the leading non-fiction media company in the country and his inspiring leadership to build a robust and varied portfolio of eight unique channels, led by the leading factual entertainment brand – the Discovery Channel.
Rahul has been the driving force in company’s expansion and growth including its localisation strategy and launch of multiple language feeds across brands. His venture to launch the game changing channel in the kids genre, Discovery Kids, has received industry wide applaud.His recent initiative is Discovery’sassociation with India Today Group to launch Discovery Channel Magazine in India.
Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “It is an honour for the entire company. I am grateful to my team, our esteemed partners and stakeholders in the region who have shared the spirit of commitment in making Discovery as one of the most respected television brands in South Asia.”
“The distinction compliments Rahul Johri’s innovative thinking and creative leadership which has translated into business excellence,” declared the awards’ Jury.
Having joined Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific in 2001, Rahul currently leads its South Asia operations. He is responsible for the overall growth strategy of India’s highest quality factual and lifestyle portfolio including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery HD World, Discovery Tamil and Discovery Kids.
Rahul’s is also credited with commissioning a range of acclaimed series including – Living with a Superstar: Shah Rukh Khan, What Not to Wear: India, Oh My Gold!, and Be Blunt with Adhuna Akhtar. He also spearheaded Discovery Channel’s association with Yash Raj Films for the latest release Jab Tak Hai Jaan and with the Indian Army for its women officers’ expedition to Mount Everest in 2012.
One of the most highly regarded media executives in the Indian industry, Rahul is a Board Member and Treasurer of Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). He is also a member of the media and entertainment committee of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and member of the Media & Entertainment Division of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
With over 19 years of experience in the industry, Rahul has worked across media verticals, from news channels, magazines and news dailies.