MUMBAI: Acting on the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the BCCI today appointed media professional Rahul Johri as its first ever Chief Executive Officer.
Johri, who was last serving as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1 and will be reporting to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, a statement from the Board said.
The appointment of a CEO to oversee non-cricketing management was one of the suggestions made by the Justice Lodha panel set up by the Supreme Court to identify structural changes and bring in accountability in the way the cricket body is run following the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
While the committee had recommended a five-year contract for the CEO, the BCCI did not give details on Johri’s tenure, but said he would report to the honorary secretary. He will be based at the Mumbai office.
In the past, Ratnakar Shetty had served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of BCCI and is currently the Chief Operating Pfficer (COO) of IPL. He is also serving as General Manager, Game Development.
Johri brings with him immense experience and knowledge on Board and will be responsible for the smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport.
Commenting on the appointment, BCCI President Shashank Manohar, said, “We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast experience and knowledge will benefit the Board.