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Discovery India head Karan Bajaj calls it a day

Karan will continue to stay in his role for the next few months

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MUMBAI: There’s change coming at the top at Discovery India. India head Karan Bajaj has decided to move on to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture.

This was disclosed to Discovery India staff by president and CEO Discovery Networks International JB Perrette earlier in memo today.  JB as he is known to all in the industry elaborated that Karan will continue to stay in his role for the next few months until a replacement is found. 

“It will be business as usual. While our leader in India will change, our ambition and belief in you as a team remains unchanged…we want to grow and innovate our business in this big and dynamic market,” says Perrette in the note.

Perrette is full of praise for Karan in the memo. Says he: “Karan has embodied many of our company’s guiding principles – “purposeful” as he passionately lead a bold swing to create a new type of purpose driven GE channel in India with Jeet; a creative dreamer who believed we could invest in a great team who could take a small kids channel from the lowest rankings to being a top three kids network; consumer obsessed by launching new digital products that focused on making our brands and content more relevant to India’s exploding digital consumers; and quick and agile with a great sense of urgency and drive to reinvent and expand our business. These leadership are ones we will also look for in the next leader of our team and business in India as they remain critical for our future.”

The bespectacled Bajaj joined Discovery India in 2016 as head of India and south Asia.

He holds a BE degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and has completed his marketing MBA from IIM Bangalore.

Before joining Discovery, he was a best-selling novelist and striving yogi, and balances his professional career with personal creativity and spirituality. 

His novels Keep off the Grass and Johnny Gone Down launched his literary career.

In June 2016, he had his first international novel released - The Yoga of Max's Discontent. 

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