Rahul Johri (TOI Photo)
MUMBAI: The BCCI has accepted the resignation of its first-ever chief executive officer (CEO), Rahul Johri on Thursday. A reliable source in the Board told TOI that Johri, who joined office in April 2016, will be “demitting office within one week.”
However, nobody in the BCCI, including Johri himself, was willing to confirm the development.
Apparently, Johri had made up his mind to move on soon after the exit of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of administrators (CoA). He had put in his papers a few months ago, but if sources are to be believed, his resignation has been accepted now.
“Despite his resignation, the Board was keen to have him around due to his experience in dealing with the ICC matters, but he had been having issues with a top BCCI official, and that seems to have hastened his exit,” a source told TOI.
Soon after the new set of office-bearers were elected in November last year, the Board’s chief financial officer (CFO) Santosh Rangnekar had put in his papers.
Johri was appointed CEO of the board in 2016 when Shashank Manohar was the president and Himachal’s Anurag Thakur the secretary. The Board had hired the services of recruitment firm Korn Ferry to find a CEO, before Johri got the job.
Before he joined the BCCI, Johri had served as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s executive vice-president and general manager for South Asia. The appointment of a CEO, back then, was one of the key recommendations made by the Lodha Committee.