In keeping with its ambition to expand and transform the business, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has appointed Shavkat Berdiev as vice president and general manager of Southeast Asia.
Shavkat will focus on accelerating growth of the business and brands toward a true convergent media and entertainment company. He will also be responsible for refreshing Discovery’s suite of products to deliver more compelling content to younger audiences.
Based in Singapore, Shavkat will report into Arthur Bastings, president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. Shavkat takes over the Southeast Asia portfolio from Louis Boswell who moves into a newly created role as SVP, Distribution for Asia Pacific.
Shavkat moves from Millicom, a sophisticated quad-play telecoms operator, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become deputy general manager and chief commercial officer in Tanzania.
While at Millicom, he was responsible for driving consumer acquisition and bringing to market disruptive partnerships with Facebook and Google, content apps and device manufacturers – taking a number of Millicom operations to market leading positions.
Previously, Shavkat was with Vimpelcom in Central and Southeast Asia where he led their business strategy and regional marketing through digital innovations.
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