Viacom appoints Bob Bakish CEO
Mr. Bakish has served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since November 15.
Mr. Bakish has held leadership positions throughout the organization since joining in 1997, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks prior to his Acting CEO role.
Prior to his Acting CEO role, he was President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), and its predecessor company MTV Networks International, since 2007, with oversight of all of Viacom's media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.
In this role, he drove the development of its international portfolio of core TV brands, with MTV and Nickelodeon being joined by Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, BET, Spike and Nick Jr. on pay and free TV platforms worldwide.
In addition, he has overseen the creation and growth of the company's Viacom18 Indian joint venture, which includes the Colors general entertainment networks, as well as the acquisition of Channel 5 in the U.K., and Telefe in Argentina.
Previously, Mr. Bakish was President, MTV Networks International, running MTVN's operations outside the U.S. He previously served as EVP, Operations and Viacom Enterprises, and prior to that as EVP and Chief Operating Officer, MTV Networks Advertising Sales.
Prior to joining MTV Networks, he was SVP, Planning, Development and Technology at Viacom. Before joining Viacom in February 1997, he was a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice.
Mr. Bakish received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School in 1989 and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1985.
Viacom Inc. also announced that it has discontinued the exploration of a potential combination with CBS following receipt of National Amusements' letter and request, and dissolved the Special Committee that was formed to evaluate a potential transaction. ■
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