President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation
Leslie Moonves is president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, one of the world’s largest media enterprises. In this role, he oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Stations, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and EcoMedia.
Moonves came to CBS in 1995 as president of entertainment, after serving as president of Warner Bros. Television, where his team developed hit shows like “Friends” and “ER.” Once at CBS, Moonves and his team took the network from last to first place in the ratings, launching hit shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Survivor,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Moonves was promoted to president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, and became its chairman in 2003. He was later named co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom and chairman of CBS in 2004, overseeing domestic and international broadcast television operations, its radio division and outdoor advertising operations.
In 2006, when Viacom split its businesses into two publicly traded companies, Moonves was named president and CEO of the newly formed CBS Corporation, which has become one of the largest and best performing companies in media, with businesses in virtually every sector. Its broadcast network, the CBS Television Network, has been #1 in viewers for nine of the past 10 years, with television's #1 drama, NCIS; the #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 new series, ELEMENTARY; the #1 news program, 60 MINUTES; and time-leading shows on virtually every night of the week.
CBS’s other divisions have also been robust under Moonves’ leadership. The company’s push to sell its shows around the world has made international syndication sales a significant revenue source for the company, with its programs now airing in more than 100 countries and growing. That emphasis on exploiting content has enabled CBS Corporation to strike lucrative, multi-year deals with the industry’s biggest distributors, including Netflix and Amazon, while greatly increasing the value of its own library. Showtime Networks have generated millions of new premium cable subscribers on the heels of edgy, critically acclaimed programming, while CBS’s acquisition of CNET, Inc. in 2008 has made it one of the largest interactive companies. By distinguishing CBS as a producer and seller of world-class content across all mediums, Moonves has helped CBS Corporation grow in value, revenue and market-share while identifying and developing key new revenue streams for future growth.
Moonves also led the company’s 2010 purchase of EcoMedia, a company that improves local communities and their environments by pairing businesses with municipalities. The acquisition of EcoMedia continues the company’s long-standing tradition of public service, a mandate that began when the CBS Television Network first signed on in 1928.
Moonves serves on the Board of Trustees of the Entertainment Industries Council. He is also a trustee of the National Council for Families and Television and of the American Film Institute, and is past president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He is co-chair of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the Paley Center for Media. In March 2003, Moonves was honored by the International Radio and Television Society as the recipient of the Gold Medal Award, one of most prestigious honors in media and entertainment. He is also a past recipient of the American Jewish Committee's Sherrill Corwin Award, given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment and communications industry. In 2012, Moonves was the recipient of the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award for lifetime achievement.