Neil Chugani is Chief Financial Officer, Global Digital, discovery+ & International Networks. Chugani is responsible for formulating and implementing the financial strategy that enables the team to meet Discovery’s growth objectives in the DTC space. He works with all of Discovery’s DTC businesses in the US and Internationally, to create consistent strategic, financial, and operational practices. Additionally, Chugani provides critical analysis and insight to the overall DTC strategy and financials, particularly for discovery+ in the US and as it comes to market internationally. He also has overall financial responsibility for Discovery Networks International.
Prior to joining Discovery, Chugani served as CFO for the Business and Operations of Google and YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa. As a member of the Google EMEA Management Group, he played a key role in driving revenue in the region during his five year tenure with the company. He has also previously served as Group CFO at BBC Worldwide, held senior executive positions at Sky, and was a technology and media banker at Goldman Sachs. In 2009, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
An Oxford University graduate, Chugani was a member of the winning crew in the 1991 University Boat Race, as well as a successful cox for the GB Rowing Team, winning a gold medal at the 2001 World Championships with Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell, who won an unprecedented two golds in two hours.
In 2014, Chugani was appointed to the Board of UK Sport, the Government’s lead strategic body for Olympic and Paralympic Sport, responsible for investing in athletes and sports to deliver British medal success on the world stage. He also Chaired the Audit Committee and sat on the Major Events Panel. He is a member of the Board and Management Committee at Henley Royal Regatta, the world’s pre-eminent annual international rowing event.