Discovery Names Perrette President of International Unit

Exec Succeeds Hollinger, Who Resigned Last Year

Discovery Communication named JB Perrette as president of Discovery Networks International.

Perrette, Discovery’s chief digital officer, succeeds Mark Hollinger, a 23-year Discovery veteran, who announced his resignation in September. Sean Atkins will serve as acting chief digital offier while the company conducts a search of internal and external candidates.

“JB is one of the smartest and most versatile executives I have worked with in the media business. Since his time at NBC as a leader in business development, distribution and digital to all the success and value he has built at Discovery, JB has it all -- strong strategic vision, operational expertise and exceptional team-building skills,” David Zaslav, Discovery CEO, and previously an NBC exec, said in a statement. “This is a demanding role like no other, which I believe requires a corporate executive with a broad background to oversee all aspects of the business across 220 countries. Having spent half his career internationally, and with a unique mix of distribution, digital, strategy and business development experience, JB is the perfect fit to lead Discovery's international operations.”