AT THE WORLD BRAND CONGRESS GLOBAL AWARDS FOR BRAND EXCELLENCE 2012
Mumbai: Rahul Johri, Senior Vice President & General Manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has been awarded the prestigious "Media Professional of the Year" award at the Global Awards for Brand Excellence 2012.
This accolade is a reflection of Discovery's performance and growth in South Asia region under Rahul Johri's leadership and his contribution in building a robust and varied portfolio of eight unique channels, led by the leading non-fiction network the Discovery Channel.
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. He has also been the driving force behind networks’ pioneering localisation strategy and the launch of multiple language feeds across brands and expanding their nationwide penetration. His recent initiative, the launch of the game changing channel in the kids genre Discovery Kids, has received industry wide applaud.
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 TakHaiJaan and with the Indian Army for its women officers’ expedition to Mount Everest in 2012.
Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, "I am grateful to the jury of the World Brand Congress for honouring me with this prestigious distinction. This award is arecognition of the excellence of my team who have contributed significantly in my journey to build Discovery as one of the most respected networks in South Asia.”
Dr.R.L.Bhatia, Project Director, World Brand Congress, said "World Brand Congress is pleased to confer to Rahul Johri 'Media Professional of the Year' award for his outstanding contribution to the industry. Rahul's strategic thinking to translate the vision into action has contributed to the jury decision. Rahul has the positive spirit and tenacity to make change in a hyperactive business environment"
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.
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