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Marinella Soldi

Chief Strategy Officer, Discovery Networks Europe, Middle East & Africa

Managing Director, Discovery Networks Southern Europe

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Marinella Soldi is Chief Strategy Officer, Discovery Networks EMEA & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Southern Europe, which includes the activities of Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. As Chief Strategy Officer, Discovery Networks EMEA, Soldi leads the Consumer Insights & Product Development function and the Content organization for EMEA and Discovery Networks International.

Under her leadership, Discovery Networks Italy has become one of the most important media companies in Italy with a 14-channel portfolio across all platforms, establishing itself as the third national television editor for overall share.

Before joining Discovery, Soldi worked nine years as an executive coach for several leading international brands in the technology and media sectors. She founded her consultancy Soldi Coaching/Glitz srl in 2003. Prior to her career in coaching, she spent five years in senior roles at MTV Networks Europe, including Senior Vice President Strategic Development in London and General Manager, MTV Italy in Milan. She began her career at McKinsey Company working as a strategy consultant for three years in London and Italy.

Soldi holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from The London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.