Doug Baker is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.
With more than 25 years of domestic and international management experience, Baker is responsible for overseeing DNI Finance, Operations, Strategy and Global Brand Solutions. He is responsible for leading the division’s regional COO/CFOs in Northern Europe; Southern Europe; Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa; Latin America; and Asia-Pacific, and serves as a key strategic partner to international senior management across the business. Reporting to DNI President JB Perrette, and Discovery Communications CFO Andrew Warren, Baker is currently based in London.
As Chief Operating Officer, Baker is responsible for guiding the operational structure of Discovery’s international business operations across over 220 countries and territories, as well as leading global implementation plans that influence a wide range of cross-functional teams. In addition, he works closely with the division’s Programming, Ad and Affiliate Sales teams to help develop business strategy, share critical business information and best practices while supporting the growth of DNI’s business.
As Chief Financial Officer for the past four years, Baker has overseen revenue, profit and margin growth from $450 million in 2009 to nearly $1 billion operating profits in 2013. Baker has also been a key strategic leader of the company’s major M&A activities, including SBS Discovery Media in the Nordics; a majority ownership of J:COM in Japan; and full acquisitions of Switchover Media in Italy; Fatafeat in the Middle East; Eurosport International, the largest pan-regional sports business in Europe and Asia; and UK production company betty.
Baker 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. He then assumed the role of CFO for Discovery Digital Media, Emerging Networks & Business Development, where he partnered with senior leadership to drive cohesion across multiple teams in order to establish financial, operating and strategic control functions for Discovery’s Digital Media division and Emerging Networks groups.
Prior to joining Discovery, Baker served in a variety of financial, operating and strategic roles with leading consumer brand Hallmark. His responsibilities included headquarter assignments in Hallmark International’s Finance and Treasury functions as well as regional leadership roles as Hallmark UK’s Finance & Information Technology Director.
Baker earned an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University (Ohio). Baker’s wife, Julie, is a senior vice president with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Together they have three sons over the age of 20, and when not travelling internationally, enjoy flying their Piper Cherokee and boating.
Baker currently serves on several boards, including, Discovery Learning Alliance; WASU Discovery Consulting (Hangzou) Co., Ltd – China; Discovery Communications Limited Liability Co. – Russia; and Discovery Networks International Ireland Holdings 1 & 2 Limited.