New Delhi: Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s executive vice-president and general manager for south Asia, Rahul Johri, has resigned, effective immediately, the company said on Wednesday.

Johri, however, will continue to work with the firm till the year-end as a senior advisor to Arthur Bastings, president and managing director.

In India, the network operates Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo. Its content is focused on science, technology, history and culture.

“As we pick up where Rahul left off, India remains one of our most important growth markets. Coupled with its digital transformation and a massive population of millennials hungry for content, we are excited about the opportunities ahead and have aggressive plans to sharpen and enhance Discovery’s product palette to whet the ever-increasing appetite of this demographic," said Bastings in an emailed statement.

“After 15 years with Discovery, I believe it is time for me to explore new opportunities. I am confident that the current management team under Arthur’s strong leadership will continue to fuel Discovery’s growth in the region," Johri said.

The company has started its search for a replacement. In the interim period, Bastings will additionally manage the South Asia business and day-to-day affairs from India.

Johri performed various leadership roles during his 15-year tenure at Discovery. In the last eight years, he led the South Asia operations and created an unrivalled footprint for Discovery.

Some of his achievements include tripling the channel portfolio to 11 distinct and high quality brands, strengthening Discovery’s factual entertainment programming while developing new genres like lifestyle and kids content, launching a new Hindi entertainment channel and three high-definition channels.

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