Rahul Johri has been Chief Executive Officer at the Board of Control for Cricket in India since June 1, 2016. Johri is responsible for the functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building strategies for further promoting the sport. Prior to which he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager - South Asia for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
Rahul Johri led Discovery’s South Asia operations and managed overall growth strategy of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s (DNAP) portfolio which included eight brands in the region - Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery HD World, Discovery Channel Tamil and Discovery Kids. He was also responsible for revenue generation, portfolio expansion, affiliate partnerships, viewership, content creation and talent management. Johri joined Discovery in 2001 as Director – Ad Sales, became VP – Ad Sales in 2003 and helped create a diverse portfolio of channels in India. In 2008, he assumed the responsibility as SVP and General Manager – South Asia. During his leadership, DNAP’s portfolio grew from three to eight networks in South Asia. Aiming to broaden the networks’ reach, he implemented localisation strategy and launched multiple language feeds across brands. His latest initiative was the launch of Discovery Kids; a children's channel nationally broadcast in India.
With over 20 years of experience in the media industry, Johri has worked in media including: news channels, magazines and news dailies, including AajTak, Outlook and Hindustan Times. While at Discovery he has served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). He also served as a member of the media and entertainment committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and was a member of the film and television committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Indo American Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM).
Rahul Johri along with his wife Seema Johri, have two children - Yash Johri (21) and Dhruv Johri (17).
In January 2013, Johri was selected as ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Broadcasting Industry Awards, for his contribution to the Indian television industry. In 2012, he received the ‘Media Professional of the Year’ award by the World Brand Congress. During his leadership, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific was awarded ‘Best Media and Entertainment Company’ in 2012 by the Indo American Chambers of Commerce.
In 1989, Johri graduated from Bareilly College. In 1991, he received an MBA from MJP Rohilkhand University. He is an alumnus of Sherwood College.