Enrique R. Martínez is planning to retire from Discovery at the end of 2017, following a 24-year career at the company, where he spent the past 17 years as president and managing director of Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic (DLA/USH).
Martínez has agreed to stay on in an advisory role for Discovery Networks International (DNI), reporting to JB Perrette, the president and CEO of DNI. Fernando Medin, who is currently the executive VP and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone, has been promoted to lead the company’s DLA/USH division, effective January 1, 2018.
“Henry’s unparalleled vision and expertise in Latin America have built the number one international channels group in the region and driven double-digit growth for many years, creating incredible value for Discovery and our shareholders,” said Perrette. “He has defined what it means to lead with integrity by making clients into friends and building the best Latin American team in the business, including its new leader Fernando Medin. Henry is an incredible leader who has won the admiration of his peers in the industry as well as everyone who has worked with him, and his legacy will endure after a 35-year career in the pay-TV business.”
“It has been an amazing opportunity to work for the best media company in the world and I am lucky to have been able to build and lead the Latin America business during my 24 years at Discovery,” said Martinez. “Joining Discovery fulfilled a dream of working in the region where I was born and raised, in an industry that was ripe for development. I always have been immensely proud of the value, quality and educational aspect of Discovery’s programming and being able to provide the portfolio to the Latin American audience. I am particularly proud of the team we have in place and all that we have accomplished, and I look forward to continuing my contributions to Discovery’s international business as I stay on to work with JB and his management team.”