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Nikhil Madhok to join Discovery Asia Pacific as senior VP, head of products

MUMBAI: Discovery today announced it is strengthening its central corporate leadership team in the Asia Pacific region with some key appointments.

Nikhil Madhok, who was with Star India, will join Discovery as senior VP, head of products. He 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.

Madhok will take up his new role in January.

Nikhil Madhok

Rebecca Kent as VP business transformation, oversees change management, and leads business process and operational optimisation. She joined in September from Discovery’s Global Business Operations team in London.

Darrell Chan as 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 will join on 1 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 as director, head of corporate communications, represents the company’s voice as it implements its ambitious transformation and investment plans. He on-boarded recently from Uber.

Commenting on the appointments, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific president, MD Arthur Bastings said, “We are laser focussed 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.”

Discovery’s new executives join Nilesh Zaveri (CFO, senior VP corporate operations), Winradit Kasidit Kolasastraseni (senior VP innovation), Jonathan Mills (VP, Corporate Development), Karan Paul (VP Strategy) and Jin Tan (VP, HR) in the Asia Pacific HQ team.