Discovery Networks International Promotes Doug Baker to COO Post

Baker will report to new Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette.

He will continue to serve as CFO of the international arm of the cable networks company.

LONDON – Discovery Communications on Tuesday promoted Doug Baker to the role of COO and CFO of its Discovery Networks International unit.

Baker already serves as executive vp and CFO for DNI and will transition into the COO role over the next few weeks.
He will report to recently named DNI president JB Perrette and Discovery Communications CFO Andrew Warren.

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Baker will now have oversight of DNI strategy and research in addition to leading all financial aspects.
“Doug has been a key architect in the evolution of the international business over the past few years, which is emblematic of his collaborative spirit and controlled risk-taking,” said Warren. “We are confident that Doug’s new role will push the business to new levels of financial and operational discipline that will continue to drive the unparalleled success of our global businesses.”
"Doug is a proven leader with more than 20 years of financial and operational management experience,” said Perrette. “Doug’s strong financial acumen coupled with his strategic insights have contributed to Discovery’s leadership as the number one pay TV programmer in the world. I am thrilled to work with Doug in his expanded role to position the division for continued growth and profitability.”

Baker has worked on key deals such as the acquisitions of SBS Discovery Media in the Nordics and a majority ownership stake in Eurosport International.
He joined Discovery in 2005 as CFO for Discovery Commerce, where he led the company's efforts to evaluate and implement strategic alternatives for the division.

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