Discovery Restructures EMEA Business


Discovery Communications is revamping the structure of its regional businesses across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), placing the group under the leadership of Kasia Kieli.

Effective immediately, Kieli becomes the president and managing director for EMEA. A 17-year Discovery veteran, Kieli previously oversaw operations across 112 markets that formed Discovery’s CEEMEA operations.

Jean-Briac Perrette, the CEO and president of Discovery Networks International, commented: “Kasia has demonstrated great vision and determination with unmatched expertise in managing what is probably one of the most complex and diverse regions in the world. EMEA represents our largest region in terms of revenue as well as the focus of considerable investment in the past and big ambition for the future. I have no doubt that under Kasia’s strong and effective leadership, we will see our combined EMEA organization continue to grow to new heights and in unimaginable ways.”

Kieli noted: “I joined Discovery in 2000 because I loved the brand, believed in its values and saw the opportunities it was creating. I still share that very same excitement with millions of viewers who come to watch our programs every day to be entertained, inspired and amazed. After 17 years, my belief in Discovery is stronger than ever. It is an exhilarating time as we can now offer our fans so many new ways to engage with the content they love through multiple partnerships, platforms and devices.”

A new leadership team has been put in place for Discovery’s EMEA business, including expanded duties for Marinella Soldi and James Gibbons, who will both work under Kieli in the new structure. Soldi takes on an expanded role as chief strategy officer for EMEA and managing director for Southern Europe. Gibbons was named general manager for the U.K./Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and head of commercial development for EMEA. He is replacing Susanna Dinnage, who was elevated to the newly created post of global president at Animal Planet earlier this month.