Discovery has announced that Neil Chugani has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Operations, Direct-to-Consumer. The announcement was made by Gunnar Wiedenfels, Chief Financial Officer, Discovery, to whom Chugani reports. In the newly created role, Chugani will work closely with Peter Faricy, CEO, Global Direct-to-Consumer at Discovery, and his senior leadership team to drive the financial strategy of Discovery’s rapidly expanding DTC team. He will be based at Discovery’s London offices.
“We are delighted to welcome Neil to the Discovery team,” said Wiedenfels. “Neil is a highly respected digital finance leader, whose experience and skills will help us further accelerate our strategic pivot as we make our great content and brands available to our passionate fans across all platforms around the world.”
“We are thrilled to add another world-class executive to Discovery’s growing direct-to-consumer organisation,” said Faricy. “Neil has a strong track record of successful business growth in the tech and media sectors, and we look forward to working with him as Discovery continues to invest in expanding our global direct-to-consumer offerings.”
Chugani will work with all of Discovery’s DTC business units, both in the U.S. and International markets to create consistent strategic, financial, and operational practices.
Prior to joining Discovery, Chugani was at Google since 2015, where he was a Senior Director and held a number of leadership positions. Most recently, he served as CFO for the Business and Operations of Google and YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa.