Kasia Kieli is President and Managing Director for Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEEMEA), a division of Discovery Communications, the leader in global entertainment.
Based in Discovery Networks CEEMA’s headquarters in Warsaw, Kieli has strategic management responsibility for Discovery’s operations in the region, which today encompasses 111 countries across three continents, with 12 offices, including: Munich, Dubai, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Budapest, Prague, Istanbul, Moscow and Bucharest. In each of these markets, Discovery broadcasts up to 21 channels, reaching 555 million viewers.
Kieli joined Discovery and founded the Polish office in 2000. During her 16 years at Discovery, she has launched more than 14 channel brands across more than 100 markets and has transformed Discovery Networks CEEMEA from being a predominantly pay-TV business, to a more complex organization that includes a growing portfolio of free-to-air channels, such as Dmax in Germany, Fatafeat and Quest Arabiya in the Middle East, and TLC in Turkey.
Under her leadership, the company has also entered into strategic partnerships that have expanded the business and increased Discovery’s presence in key markets such as Russia, Poland, Turkey and the Middle East. Kieli also successfully led a number of mergers and acquisitions in the region, including the acquisition of Dubai-based media company Takhayal Entertainment. She also successfully oversaw the Discovery-Eurosport integration process across the region, after Discovery Communications completed its acquisition of Eurosport in 2015.
Kieli is considered one of the most renowned media experts in the region. In 2014 and 2015 she was named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX, a global trade magazine. Kieli is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. She also has an MBA and degree from the University of Calgary, and a degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (U.S.), where she lectured for some time.