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President and CEO, Viacom Inc. Yes
Bob Bakish is President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. and is responsible for growing Viacom’s industry-leading brands – including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET – and the world-renowned Paramount Pictures film and TV studio. He is focused on investing in and developing new content, expanding distribution and pursuing strategic growth opportunities in Viacom’s core businesses.
 

Bakish has been promoted to his new role after serving as President and CEO of VIMN – and its predecessor MTV Networks International – since 2007 and more than doubling the division’s revenue and consistently growing its profitability across that period. VIMN enjoyed its most profitable year financially in the 12 months to September 30th 2016, thanks to the success of its diversification strategy that has helped it build leading positions in some of the world’s most valuable media markets including established markets like the U.K., Italy and Spain, as well as higher growth markets such as India, Mexico, Brazil, China, Russia and Africa, where VIMN is the continent’s leading supplier of pay TV channels.

As CEO of VIMN, Bakish oversaw a massive expansion of the international footprint of Viacom’s branded TV networks, gaining distribution for Comedy Central and Nick Jr. and launching Spike and Paramount Channel – now the world’s leading ad-supported movie network – to sit alongside MTV and Nickelodeon on pay TV platforms worldwide. Viacom’s 200 plus TV channels now reach a cumulative 3.9 billion subscribers across more than 180 countries and broadcast in more than 40 languages, making it the world’s largest entertainment company by reach across TV. 

In addition, Bakish built scale for Viacom in high value and high growth international media markets through the launch or acquisition of large general entertainment networks including Colors in India – through its Viacom18 joint venture with Reliance Industries – Channel 5 in the UK, which has just delivered record profits under Viacom’s ownership, and, most recently, Telefe in Argentina.   

Bakish also rapidly accelerated VIMN’s digital strategy and grew online engagement with its video content, by launching a range of innovative multi-platform products, including My Nick Jr. and My MTV and mobile streaming service, Viacom Play Plex, which makes content from all Viacom’s branded TV networks available to view on-demand and on-the-go. Play Plex mobile apps have been downloaded 16M times to date and served more than half a billion streams.

Under Bakish’s direction, VIMN has also substantially increased the volume of programming it originates and owns internationally, driven in part by the launch of Viacom International Studios in Miami, and the expansion of Channel 5 Productions in the UK.  VIMN has also scaled up production of short form video content for distribution via its own digital properties and third party social media platforms, including via MTV and Comedy Central’s global channels on Snapchat Discover; Viacom now has an estimated 850 million fans and followers on social media worldwide. 

In addition, Bakish has expanded the ‘real world’ presence of VIMN's brands through live events, stores, theme parks and recreation.

Prior to taking over responsibility for Viacom’s international business, Bakish held a series of corporate, sales and development roles at both Viacom Inc. and Viacom’s MTV Networks (MTVN).  From 2004 to 2006, he played a key role in Viacom’s senior management team, serving as Executive Vice President, Operations and Viacom Enterprises with responsibility for Strategic Planning and Business Development and a range of business units including the Famous Music Publishing Company and Famous Players Theater Circuit in Canada.  He served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer, MTVN Advertising Sales, from 2001 to 2004, and was also Chairman of the Cable Television Advertising Bureau from 2003 to 2005.  Prior to that, Mr. Bakish was Senior Vice President, Planning, Development and Technology at Viacom. 

Before joining Viacom Inc. in 1997, Bakish was a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice.  He worked with clients in the TV, motion picture, book publishing and new media industries in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Previously, he worked at AT&T in network systems. 

Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Mr. Bakish serves on the boards of both schools and is also a Director on the Board of AVID Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed company. 

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Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & TreasurerYes
Jim Bombassei is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations & Treasurer. In this role, Mr. Bombassei oversees the Company’s relationships with equity research analysts and investors on a global basis. Mr. Bombassei also oversees the Company’s debt capital markets activity, commercial bank and credit agency relations as well as the Company’s cash management. 


Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Bombassei was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Vice President, Investor Relations. Prior to working in Investor Relations, he served as Vice President, Treasury. Mr. Bombassei joined Viacom in 1992.  Before joining Viacom, Mr. Bombassei worked at Ernst & Young as a consultant and an auditor.

Mr. Bombassei earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the New York University Graduate School of Business. He is a certified public accountant in the State of New York. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Yes
Wade Davis is Chief Financial Officer of Viacom. In this role, which he assumed in November 2012, Mr. Davis is responsible for overseeing the core financial functions of the company on a global basis, including Financial Planning, Tax, Treasury, Reporting, and Risk Management. Additionally Mr. Davis oversees Corporate Development, Strategy, Research & Consumer Insights functions for the Company.


Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Davis was an investment banker in the technology and media sectors for more than a decade.  As an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Co and Wasserstein Perella & Co., Mr. Davis advised clients on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $40 billion. Before becoming an investment banker, Mr. Davis held operating positions at Harley Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Mr. Davis has been active in the reform of public education and is co-founder and a member of the Board of AdvancePath Academics, a firm that operates technology-based centers that recover and educate high school dropouts. Additionally, Mr. Davis serves on the Board of Directors of Cengage Learning, one of the largest providers of higher education curriculum solutions in the world. 
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Executive Vice President, General Counsel and SecretaryYes
Mr. Fricklas has been General Counsel and Secretary of Viacom and its predecessors since 1998, after starting with Viacom in 1993 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to 1993, Mr. Fricklas was general counsel of a large natural resources company and prior to that was in private law practice specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital and technology law. 


Among other charitable and bar activities, he is Secretary of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston University, and co-chair of the UJA Entertainment, Media and Communications division, and also served as a past president of the Association of General Counsel. Mr. Fricklas received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1981 and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1984.
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures CorporationYes
Mr. Grey assumed the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation in March 2005. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s motion picture operations.


Prior to joining Paramount, Mr. Grey was Chairman of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (BGE), which includes the companies Brillstein-Grey Management, Brad Grey Television and Plan B, a motion picture production company in partnership with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Grey and BGE produced some of the finest shows on television, including the Emmy Award–winning hit The Sopranos, as well as The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me, According to Jim and Real Time with Bill Maher.
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Executive Vice President, Government AffairsYes
Ms. Lea brings two decades worth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge to Viacom as its Executive Vice President of Global Government Relations, a position she has held since 2006. In this role, she oversees the development and execution of government relations strategy for the company both domestically and internationally.


Ms. Lea’s career at Viacom began in 1997 as its Vice President of Government Affairs, and continued as the department’s Senior Vice President. She also served as Vice President of Government Relations for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation, and as SVP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.

Ms. Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Managment. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET NetworksYes
Ms. Lee was named Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks in June 2005. Prior to that appointment, she was President and Chief Operating Officer since 1996.


Ms. Lee first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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President, CEO, Viacom International Media NetworksYes
David Lynn is President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks, giving him management oversight of all of Viacom's media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.

Prior to assuming this role in January 2017, Lynn was President of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe from 2014, having been Executive Vice President, Managing Director of the group since March 2007. In this role he was responsible for the largest of Viacom’s geographic divisions outside the U.S., encompassing the company’s operations in 33 European countries including the UK, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Scandinavia. The group has grown profitability under Lynn’s management in every year since 2010 thanks, in particular, to increased share of viewing in the UK driven by success with local commissions and an expanding distribution footprint, including the first launch of Spike outside the U.S.  

Lynn led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its successful integration into Viacom. Under his management, Channel 5 has performed strongly, reporting the highest operating profit in its 20-year history in the financial year to 30th September 2016.

He was also previously responsible for Viacom’s distribution strategy outside the U.S., overseeing deals with key international affiliates and securing distribution for Viacom content on video-on-demand platforms.

From December 2004, Lynn served as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, for Nickelodeon UK.  Under his direction, Nickelodeon became the UK’s most popular children’s TV network, launched Nick Jr. and kick-started its digital strategy. Prior to this, Lynn worked for Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK from 1999 onwards, rising to become General Manager and moving the business into profit, as well as securing channel launches for the brand in Spain and Italy.

Lynn is a member of Viacom’s Global Inclusion Advisory Committee and has championed the company’s diversity strategy in the UK with Channel 5 re-joining the Creative Diversity Network.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative OfficerYes
Scott M. Mills is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA). In this role, Mr. Mills is responsible for Human Resources, Media Technology Services, Real Estate, Programming Acquisitions, Facilities and Security. 


Previously, Mr. Mills served as President and Chief Operating Officer for BET Networks. In this capacity, Mr. Mills led its business functions, including sales, finance, legal and business affairs, human resources, digital, research, strategic planning, business development, and administration. As COO, he also led the launch of BET’s CENTRIC channel.

Prior to that, Mr. Mills was Chief Financial Officer and President of Digital Media. As CFO, Mr. Mills was responsible for the company’s finance functions, including accounting, reporting, financial planning, tax, treasury and controls, as well as corporate research, strategic planning and business development. As President of Digital Media, Mr. Mills launched BET Mobile and BET’s digital video distribution operations.  Before becoming CFO, Mr. Mills was Executive Vice President and COO of BET Interactive, where he oversaw the launch of BET.COM and led the property to become a leading online destination for African Americans.

Prior to joining BET as Senior Vice President of Business Development in 1997, Mr. Mills worked in investment banking and served as Deputy Treasurer of the City of Philadelphia.  A native of New York, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 
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President, Nickelodeon GroupYes
Ms. Zarghami has served as President of Nickelodeon, overseeing all creative and business operations for the company, since 2006.


She began her career with Nickelodeon in 1985, and has nurtured the continued growth and expansion of the Nickelodeon brand in television, feature films, digital, consumer products and travel and recreation while ensuring it has remained true to its primary mission of serving and being inclusive of all kids. Under Ms. Zarghami’s leadership, Nickelodeon has been the number-one rated U.S. cable network in total day for more than 16 consecutive years.
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