Viacom Exec Julia Phelps to Serve as ViacomCBS Chief Communications Officer

Viacom communications guru Julia Phelps will function chief communications officer of the mixed ViacomCBS, persevering with her work with Viacom boss Bob Bakish.

CBS Corp. communications chief Dana McClintock will proceed in his communications function throughout all the CBS branded companies that CBS Corp. performing CEO Joe Ianniello will oversee after the deal closes.

The businesses on Thursday mentioned that Phelps has been named government vp, chief communications and company advertising and marketing officer of ViacomCBS, efficient upon closing of the merger. She’s going to proceed to report back to Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom, who will function president and CEO of ViacomCBS.

“Phelps will lead the combined company’s corporate communications, corporate marketing, corporate responsibility, special events and internal creative teams,” the corporate mentioned.

“Julia has been a vital force in shaping and communicating Viacom’s strategy, and revitalizing its vibrant culture and dynamic, entrepreneurial spirit,” mentioned Bakish. “Her management and ability in speaking and driving change can be invaluable as we deliver collectively the gifted groups of CBS and Viacom.”

Phelps has served as government vp, communications, tradition and advertising and marketing at Viacom since April 2017. Earlier than that, she was government vp of communications at Viacom Worldwide Media Networks. Beforehand, she was senior vp of company communications for VIMN and vp of company communications for Viacom. The native of Canada first joined Viacom in 2005 from New York primarily based company DeVries Public Relations.

In the meantime, Ianniello in a CBS workers memo Thursday wrote: “I have requested Dana McClintock to proceed main CBS’ communications efforts as government vp and chief communications officer. Dana’s deep relationships with the media, his dedication to our firm, and his experience in clearly telling our story to customers, the trade and all of you, have been essential to our success.”

The CBS-Viacom deal is predicted to shut by 12 months finish.

This text was initially revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.

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