Boosting Discovery


Mandy Heaton Rutkowski, 38

Discovery Networks U.S.

Mandy Heaton Rutkowski has been a staple of the affiliate sales and marketing team at Discovery Networks U.S. for the last decade.

She arrived in 1997, after six years with the travel services company, US Assist, and was quickly promoted to regional vice president. One of her major accomplishments has been implementing sales strategies for Travel Channel, resulting in a gain of more than 5 million subscribers in two and half years. Rutkowski also served as team leader from 2002 to 2006, successfully managing affiliate relations with Discovery’s largest client, Comcast.

She now oversees all network sales and marketing initiatives in 32 states and 15 domestic networks.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to work and grow with Discovery Communications and the cable industry,” said Rutkowski. “The opportunities I have been given have exceeded all of my expectations.”

Added Rutkowski, “I joined Discovery when Animal Planet was in its infancy and have helped contribute to the growth of the company from a few core networks to the No. 1 nonfiction media company.

“Every day is an adventure; the continual change of the industry keeps me challenged and at the top of my game.”