Nikhil Madhok, SVP and head of product; Darrell Chan, VP, Regional Counsel


Bastings boosts corporate HQ, unveils complete corp. leadership team

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific president and managing director, Arthur Bastings, has put the finishing touches to his corporate leadership team, adding Star India’s Nikhil Madhok and Expedia’s Darrell Chan to Singapore-based HQ from later this month. 

Bastings this afternoon described the new corporate team as “fit for purpose”.

“We have an ambition and a purpose and we are starting to be properly resourced for it,” he said.

Madhok joins on 19 December as senior vice president and head of products, charged with redeveloping Discovery’s product suite and championing “a strong maker culture”. He will be based between Singapore and India. Madhok was most recently executive vice president and business head at Star India, and previously worked for Turner and Hindustan Unilever.

Chan joins on 1 February 2017 as vice president, regional counsel. He will oversee Discovery’s growing portfolio of equity stakes in new businesses and coordinate external affairs, the company said this afternoon. Chan was most recently head of legal for Expedia Asia.

Madhok and Chan join Rebecca Kent, who became part of the Singapore-based team in September as vice president, business transformation. Kent shifted from Discovery’s global business operations team in London. She previously worked for BBC Worldwide.

The new appointments highlight product development and business transformation along with a focus on the broad ecosystem being created through investments in companies such as Ivy Wong’s VS Media.

Other members of Bastings’ corporate inner circle are Nilesh Zaveri (CFO, SVP corporate operations), Winradit Kasidit Kolasastraseni (SVP innovation), Karan Paul (VP strategy), Jin Tan (VP, human resources), Dinkim Sailo, who manages Discovery’s external and government affairs brief, and Karun Arya (head, corporate communications).

Today's announcement comes 14 months after Bastings arrived at Discovery Networks Asia Pacific after a two-year leadership vacuum and lit a fire under teams across the region. At the time, he said the new Discovery was not about being non-linear. "It’s about being linear plus plus plus," he said.  

The linear plus-plus team he has since put in place includes Jay Trinidad in Tokyo for North Asia. Trinidad joined as senior vice president and general manager from McDonald's Japan as vice president of digital.   

Updated on 25 November 2016