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Discovery Communications Inc (DISCK.OQ)

DISCK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Zaslav

57 2008 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Gunnar Wiedenfels

2017 Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Briac Perrette

45 2016 President and Chief Executive Officer - Discovery Networks International

Adria Alpert-Romm

62 2014 Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer

Kurt Wehner

54 2012 Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Bruce Campbell

49 2015 Chief Distribution Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel

Paul Guagliardo

56 2015 Chief Commercial Officer

David Leavy

47 2016 Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer

S. Decker Anstrom

66 2012 Independent Director

Robert Beck

76 2008 Independent Director

Robert Bennett

59 2008 Independent Director

Paul Gould

71 2005 Independent Director

John Malone

76 2008 Independent Director

Robert Miron

79 2008 Independent Director

Steven Miron

50 2008 Independent Director

Daniel Sanchez

53 2017 Independent Director

Susan Swain

62 2016 Independent Director

J. David Wargo

63 2005 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

David Zaslav

Mr. David M. Zaslav is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Discovery Communications Inc. Mr. Zaslav has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2007. Mr. Zaslav served as President, Cable & Domestic Television and New Media Distribution of NBC Universal, Inc. (“NBC”), a media and entertainment company, from May 2006 to December 2006. Mr. Zaslav served as Executive Vice President of NBC, and President of NBC Cable, a division of NBC, from October 1999 to May 2006. Mr. Zaslav is a member of the board of Sirius XM Radio Inc. Grupo Televisa S.A.B and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Gunnar Wiedenfels

Mr. Gunnar Wiedenfels has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, with effect from April 1, 2017. Mr. Wiedenfels joins DCL following seven years in management roles at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE (“ProSieben”) in Unterfohring, Germany. Mr. Wiedenfels served as Chief Financial Officer of ProSieben starting in 2015. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2015 and served as Chief Group Controller from 2013 to 2015. Previously, he served as Deputy Group Controller, responsible for group-wide budget planning, budget controlling, and management reporting and as Chief Financial Officer National, where he had commercial responsibility for the group's German-speaking free TV segment. Before this, he worked as a management consultant and engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. Wiedenfels studied Business Informatics in Mannheim, and received his Ph.D. from the RWTH Aachen University, both in Germany. He will be based at Discovery’s office in New York.

Jean-Briac Perrette

Mr. Jean-Briac Perrette is President and Chief Executive Officer-Discovery Networks International of Discovery Communications Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Perrette served as our Chief Digital Officer from October 2011 to February 2014. Mr. Perrette served in a number of roles at NBC Universal from March 2000 to October 2011, with the last being President of Digital and Affiliate Distribution.

Adria Alpert-Romm

Ms. Adria Alpert-Romm is Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer of the Company. Ms. Romm has served as our Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer since March 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Romm has served as our Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resources from March 2007 to February 2014. Ms. Romm served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources of NBC from 2004 to 2007. Prior to 2004, Ms. Romm served as a Vice President in Human Resources for the NBC TV network and NBC staff functions.

Kurt Wehner

Mr. Kurt T. Wehner is Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. Mr. Wehner joined the Company in September 2011 and has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer since November 2012. Mr. Wehner was an Audit Partner at KPMG LLP from 2000 to 2011.

Bruce Campbell

Mr. Bruce L. Campbell is Chief Distribution Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel of the Company. Mr. Campbell became our Chief Distribution Officer in October 2015, Chief Development Officer in August 2010 and our General Counsel in December 2010. Mr. Campbell served as Digital Media Officer from August 2014 through October 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Campbell served as our President, Digital Media & Corporate Development from March 2007 through August 2010. Mr. Campbell also served as our corporate secretary from December 2010 to February 2012. Mr. Campbell served as Executive Vice President, Business Development of NBC from December 2005 to March 2007, and Senior Vice President, Business Development of NBC from January 2003 to November 2005.

Paul Guagliardo

Mr. Paul Guagliardo is no longer a Chief Commercial Officer of the Company effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Guagliardo has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since October 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Guagliardo served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for DIRECTV from October 2005 to August 2015. Mr. Guagliardo is a member of the board of Nutrisystem, Inc. a provider of weight management products and services, and serves on the compensation and corporate governance committees.

David Leavy

Mr. David Leavy is Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer of the Company. Mr. Leavy became Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer in March 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Leavy served as our Chief Communications Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Operations from August 2015 to March 2016. From December 2011 to August 2015, Mr. Leavy served as our Chief Communications Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Affairs. Prior to that, Mr. Leavy served as our Executive Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs and has served in a number of other roles at Discovery since joining in March 2000.

S. Decker Anstrom

Mr. S. Decker Anstrom is Independent Director of Discovery Communications, Inc. since December 2012. Mr. Anstrom served as President of Landmark Communications and Chairman of The Weather Channel from 2002 until his retirement in 2008. From 2001 to September 2011, he served as a member of the Board of Directors and also as chair of the Governance Committee of Comcast Corporation.

Robert Beck

Mr. Robert R. Beck is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Beck has served as an independent consultant, advising on complex financial and business matters. Prior to 2001, Mr. Beck served as a Managing Director of Putnam Investments.

Robert Bennett

Mr. Robert R. Bennett is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Bennett served as President of Discovery Holding Company (“DHC”) from March 2005 until September 2008 when it merged with Discovery Communications, Inc. creating a new public company. Mr. Bennett is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Media Corporation (“Liberty Media”). He served in those positions from April 1997 until August 2005. He was one of the founding executives of Liberty Media and served as its Principal Financial Officer from its inception in 1991 until 1997. He currently is Managing Director of Hilltop Investments, LLC, a family investment company. Prior to his tenure at Liberty Media, Mr. Bennett worked with Tele-Communications, Inc. in a variety of financial positions and with The Bank of New York. Mr. Bennett was a director of Demand Media, Inc. from 2011 until February 2014. Mr. Bennett was a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Sprint Corporation from November 2006 until November 2016. He currently serves on the boards of Liberty Media and HP, Inc. Mr. Bennett also serves on the Audit Committee and chairs the Finance, Investment and Technology Committee of HP, Inc.

Paul Gould

Mr. Paul A. Gould is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Gould served as a director of Discovery Holding Company (“DHC”) from May 2005 to September 2008, when it merged with Discovery Communications, Inc. creating a new public company. Mr. Gould has served at Allen & Company Incorporated, an investment banking services company, since 1972, including as a Managing Director and Executive Vice President for more than the last five years. Mr. Gould has served as a financial advisor to many Fortune 500 corporations and advised on a number of large media company acquisitions. Mr. Gould is a director and serves on the Audit Committees of Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation and Liberty Global, plc (“Liberty Global”).

John Malone

Dr. John C. Malone is Independent Director of Discovery Communictions Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Malone served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of DHC from March 2005 to September 2008 and a director of DHC from May 2005 to September 2008. Mr. Malone has served as the Chairman of the Board and a director of Liberty Interactive (including its predecessors) since 1994, as Chairman of the Board of Liberty Media (including its predecessor) since August 2011 and as a director since December 2010, and as Chairman of the Board of Liberty Broadband since November 2014. Mr. Malone has served as the Chairman of the Board of Liberty Global since June 2013, having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Liberty Global’s predecessor, Liberty Global, Inc. from June 2005 to June 2013. He has also served as a director of Expedia, Inc. since December 2012, having previously served as director from August 2005 to November 2012. Mr. Malone is a director of Charter Communications, Inc. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Mr. Malone previously served as: (i) a director of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. from January 2010 to September 2012, (ii) a director of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. from January 2010 to February 2011, (iii) a director of Sirius XM Radio Inc. from April 2009 to May 2013, and (iv) Chairman of the Board of Liberty TripAdvisor from August 2014 to June 2015.

Robert Miron

Mr. Robert J. Miron is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Miron has served as Chairman of Discovery since May 2014. Mr. Miron served as Chairman of Advance/Newhouse Communications (“Advance/Newhouse”) and Bright House Networks, LLC (“Bright House”), both communications companies, from July 2002, retiring in December 2010. From July 2002 to May 2008, Mr. Miron served as Chief Executive Officer of Advance/Newhouse and Bright House.

Steven Miron

Mr. Steven A. Miron is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. Since September 2008. Mr. Miron has served as Chief Executive Officer of Advance/Newhouse and Bright House since May 2008. He also served as President of Advance/Newhouse and Bright House from July 2002 to May 2008.

Daniel Sanchez

Mr. Daniel E. Sanchez is Independent Director of the company. Since January 2007, Mr. Sanchez has engaged in the private practice of law, representing individual and business clients in a variety of non-litigation areas. In 2012, Mr. Sanchez earned his master’s degree in tax law (LL.M.), and currently focuses his practice on the area of tax planning. He was a full member of the Board of Ethics of the City of Stamford, CT, which he was appointed to by the mayor in 2012. He served as a director of Starz from January 2013 until December 2016, when it merged with Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. Mr. Sanchez is the nephew of our director John Malone.

Susan Swain

Ms. Susan M. Swain has been appointed as Independent Director of the Company, effective as of December 7, 2016. In March 2012, Ms. Swain was named Co-CEO and President of C-SPAN, a multichannel national distributor (TV, radio, internet) of public affairs content. She had served as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of C-SPAN since December 2006. Ms. Swain also serves as an officer of National Cable Satellite Corporation, as a Director of the C-SPAN Education Foundation and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Press Foundation. Ms. Swain brings to her Board and committee work experience in the areas of national media, leadership of large organizations, and multichannel operations. Ms. Swain’s expertise in building and managing a national brand and in strategic planning, with a special emphasis on the national broadband transition, adds to the breadth of experience and expertise of our Board. Ms. Swain served as a director of The Talbots, Inc. from 2001 until The Talbots ceased to be a public company in 2012. Ms. Swain was Chairperson of The Talbots’ Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and was a member of its Audit Committee.

J. David Wargo

Mr. J. David Wargo is Independent Director of Discovery Communications Inc. since September 2008. Mr. Wargo served as a director of DHC from May 2005 to September 2008 when it merged with Discovery. Mr. Wargo has served as President of Wargo & Company, Inc. a private investment company specializing in the communications industry, since January 1993. Mr. Wargo is a director of Liberty Global, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (“Liberty TripAdvisor”), Liberty Broadband Corporation (“Liberty Broadband”), Strayer Education, Inc. and Vobile, Inc. Mr. Wargo also serves on the Audit Committees of Liberty Global, Liberty TripAdvisor and Liberty Broadband.

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