Joseph Ianniello
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United States
2019

Joseph
Ianniello

Ianniello took over at CBS when Leslie Moonves was ousted after allegations of past sexual misconduct. He’d been lieutenant to Moonves as CBS went on a roll after splitting off from Viacom in 2006. He won praise inside the network for helping to stabilize the post-Moonves turmoil with key personnel moves including the promotions of Showtime’s David Nevins to content chief and longtime CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky to president of the division. He surprised observers during the ViacomCBS merger talks by setting a short-term contract that had him reporting to Viacom­CBS chief Bob Bakish, stipulating he can only be dismissed by a majority of the board. He didn’t get the top job, but he did score a $100 million severance package for staying to lead CBS through the transition before stepping down in March 2020.

Career

  • CBS All Access
  • Ten Network Holdings
  • CBS Radio

Education

  • Pace University (NY, USA)
  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

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CBS Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello to Earn at Least $23 Million in 2019

CBS Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello to Earn at Least $23 Million in 2019

Joseph Ianniello, CBS' president and acting CEO, is in line to earn at least $23 million this year per the terms of the contract extension he signed earlier this week.Ianniello agreed to continue as acting CEO for another six months, through year's end, as CBS' board of directors considers the company's long-term options. CBS has called off its search for a permanent CEO, a signal that it is moving closer to initiating merger discussions with Viacom. Ianniello had been a...

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