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CBS moves exex to key posts

NEW YORK — CBS made a series of expected personnel moves this week, naming key execs to new posts in finance, philanthropy and strategic planning.

Bill Korn, a longtime Westinghouse broadcasting exec, was named exec VP for strategic planning, business development and broadcast operations, where he’ll lead the web’s forays into digital television. Korn had been exec VP and president of CBS Station Group under former CBS prexy Peter Lund; the stations now have been grouped under a separate division reporting to Mel Karmazin. Korn had been prexy of Westinghouse Broadcasting prior to the CBS merger.

Martin Franks, a nine-year CBS vet who was its chief Washington lobbyist as VP, was upped to senior VP and will head the CBS Foundation in addition to overseeing the lobbying effort and acting as a liaison to the company’s board of directors (Daily Variety, June 4). CBS Foundation directs corporate philanthropy projects and cause-related efforts.

Franks will now be based in New York and handle special projects for Westinghouse (and future CBS Corp.) chairman-CEO Michael Jordan, solidifying a management structure for the company after its planned spinoff from Westinghouse’s industrial assets.

And Farid Suleman, the top finance exec for Karmazin at Infinity Broadcasting and most recently CBS Radio, becomes senior VP and chief financial officer at the new CBS Station Group, mirroring Karmazin’s own expanded sphere of influence. In the newly created post, he’ll now oversee finances of both radio and TV stations.

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