Rahul Johri will become BCCI’s first CEO..

Thursday 21st of April 2016

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed Rahul Johri as its Chief Executive Officer.

Johri, who last served as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take up his new assignment on June 1.

He will report the BCCI’s honorary secretary and be based at the board’s Mumbai office.

Commenting on his appointment, Johri, said, "I am honored at the opportunity to serve millions of Indian cricket fans. It will be my utmost endeavour to contribute to Indian cricket.

"I am thankful to the president and honorary secretary of the BCCI for bestowing such faith in me. I look forward to everyone's support to fulfill this tremendous responsibility."

"Rahul brings with him immense experience and knowledge on board and will be responsible for the smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport," read a statement from the BCCI on Wednesday.

BCCI President Shashank Manohar said, "We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast experience and knowledge will benefit the board. His vision, guidance and support will contribute towards the successful working of the BCCI.”

Welcoming Johri on board, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said, “Wish him luck for his new role at BCCI. In the past one year, BCCI has undertaken various initiatives aimed towards transforming the working of BCCI in order to make the functioning more robust.

"This endeavour is another initiative of the board aimed in the same direction and will mark as one more milestone towards strengthening the professional working of the BCCI.”

With over 20-plus years of experience in the media industry, he was last associated with Discovery Networks for 15 years and for the past eight years was leading its South Asia operations.

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