CNN Worldwide CFO Neil Chugani Resigns 7 Months After Discovery Merger

The executive previously oversaw Discovery’s direct-to-consumer strategy and operations

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Neil Chugani

CNN Worldwide CFO Neil Chugani has resigned seven months after the Discovery merger, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Chugani also served as CFO for Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, drawing from his expertise as an executive producer of the Henley Royal Regatta live coverage on YouTube & BT Sport and former CEO of British Rowing.

The network has faced a slew of changes since Chris Licht took over as CEO following the media merger in April, including key staffing changes which saw the exit of CNN staples like “Reliable Sources’” Brian Stelter and John Harwood, among others.

Prior to the merger, Chugani previously oversaw Discovery’s strategy and operations for its direct-to-consumer business after being tapped by Discovery in 2020 for the role. He also served as CFO of its streaming vertical.

Prior to joining Discovery, Chugani served as senior director at Google and held a number of leadership positions during his time at the tech giant. Joining in 2015, he worked as the tech company’s CFO for the business and operations of Google and YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he worked to drive revenue in the region.

Chugani also previously worked as CFO at BBC Worldwide, the commercial and international arm of the BBC, and held senior executive positions at Sky. Prior to these senior roles he was a technology and media banker at Goldman Sachs.

The former member of the Great Britain Rowing Team and gold medallist at the World Rowing Championships was also appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport to the Board of UK Sport in 2014.