Joseph Ianniello

Joseph R. Ianniello is an American media executive. He is the Chairman of CBS Entertainment Group unit of ViacomCBS since December 4, 2019; previously President and acting CEO of CBS Corporation in September of 2018.[1]

Joseph Ianniello
Joseph R. Ianniello

Other namesJoe
Alma materPace University (BS)
Columbia University (MBA)
OccupationChairman of CBS Entertainment Group



Ianniello started his career at CBS in 1997 as Director of Financial Planning.[2]

His next move within CBS was as its Vice President of Corporate Development from 2000-2005. At that position, Mr. Ianniello was in charge of all financial planning matters at CBS including investor relations. He became Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Viacom Inc. in July, 2005. During that time, he was involved in many of the mergers and acquisitions including the acquisitions of BET, Comedy Central and Sportsline. He was also involved in the divestiture of Blockbuster.[3]

In December 2015, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of CBS Corporation.[4]

During the time since, he was Director of Entercom Communications Corporation and Executive VP / Treasurer of CBS Radio Inc. [5] [6] In 2009, Ianniello served as CBS’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of CBS Corporation for four years, where he was responsible for the company’s financial strategy across all of its operations. He was named COO of CBS Corporation in 2013.

In 2017, Ianniello signed a contract extension to June 30, 2022, a year longer than Chairman and CEO Les Moonves.[7] This is significant because, according to the New York Post, Ianniello was being poised to succeed Moonves as CEO at some point in the future.[8][9] That contract extension includes a $70 million payout if his employment were to end by way of a merger.[10][11][12][13][14]

On September 9, 2018, CBS Corporation announced Leslie Moonves would be stepping down as CEO and announced Joe Ianniello as President and acting CEO.[15]

Ianniello’s contract for his acting CEO role was extended by the board for six months in April 2019.[16]

In his new role, Ianniello will oversee all CBS-branded asserts under parent company ViacomCBS.[17]

Ianniello’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the culture includes continuing progress in the Company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.[18]

CBS-Viacom bid involvement

At the time various CBS Board Members put together and submitted a bid to acquire Viacom, CBS had wanted Ianniello – CBS's then chief operating officer – to hold the same position at the new firm.[19]

Boards of Directors

Ianniello serves on the Board of Trustees at Pace University,[20] the Board of Directors of the charitable organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)[21] as well as New Alternatives for Children[22]. Previously, Ianniello has served as a director of CBS Outdoor Americas, Inc.

See also


  1. Benjamin Mullin (April 23, 2019). "CBS Suspends CEO Search, Extends Ianniello as Acting Chief Until Year-End". The Wall Street Journal.
  2. Joe Lombardi (September 10, 2018). "CBS Names Pace University Grad As Interim President/CEO After Ouster Of Les Moonves". The Daily Voice.
  3. "Joseph R. Ianniello: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. Meg James (June 5, 2013). "CBS promotes Joseph Ianniello to chief operating officer". Los Angeles Times.
  5. Bloomberg
  6. Entercom 2018 Proxy Statement
  7. Littleton, Cynthia (2017-07-24). "CBS Corp. Extends COO Joe Ianniello's Contract Through 2022". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. "Joe Ianniello caught in crossfire of CBS feud". New York Post. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  9. ANDERSON, MAE (2018-07-30). "CBS keeps Moonves in place during sexual misconduct inquiry". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  10. "SEC Form 8-K filing (CBS Corporation)". July 20, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  11. "CBS/Viacom Merger Caught Up in Management Roles – Media Play News". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  12. Hollywood Reporter
  13. CBS Extends CFO
  15. "CBS chief quits after misconduct claims". BBC News. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  16. Benjamin Mullin (April 23, 2019). "CBS Suspends CEO Search, Extends Ianniello as Acting Chief Until Year-End". The Wall Street Journal.
  17. Cynthia Littleton (August 13, 2019). "ViacomCBS Merger: How Joe Ianniello Went From Odd Man Out to a Lofty Perch". Variety.
  18. Daniel Holloway (August 27, 2019). "CBS Chief Joe Ianniello Touts Reforms in Diversity and Inclusion Memo". Variety.
  19. Benjamin Mullin and Cara Lombardo (August 2, 2019). "CBS, Viacom Reach Tentative Deal on Team to Lead Combined Company". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. "Office of the President | Board of Trustees | PACE UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  21. Food Allergy Welcomes
  22. New Alternatives for Children Board
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