New Delhi: The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Rahul Johri as its first chief executive officer (CEO).

Johri, who last served as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s executive vice-president and general manager for South Asia, will be taking on his new role starting 1 June. He was associated with Discovery Networks for 15 years, and led its South Asia operations for the past eight years.

BCCI, in a media release, said that Johri would be reporting to its secretary Anurag Thakur and will be based out of Mumbai.

“I am honoured at the opportunity to serve millions of Indian cricket fans," Johri was quoted saying by the release. “It will be my utmost endeavor 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 fulfil this tremendous responsibility."

In February, Joshi resigned from his role at Discovery Networks.

“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 endeavor 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," Thakur said.

The appointment of a full-time CEO was a key recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.