Kahl (pictured, right) takes over the job immediately and reports to Leslie Moonves, chair and CEO, CBS Corporation. He now oversees entertainment matters in marketing and promotion; digital and interactive; diversity; publicity; research; and scheduling.
Kahl had been senior executive vice president of CBS Primetime since 2005. He joined CBS in January 1996 as VP, scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following a three-year stint as director of network research at Warner Bros. Television.
He also manages scheduling oversight for The CW network – a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Elsewhere, creative executive Thom Sherman (pictured, left) has been appointed to senior executive vice president of programming. He joins CBS from The CW later this week and will oversee creative affairs for entertainment programming including comedy; alternative; late night; specials as well as current programming. Sherman will report to Kahl.
Sherman was the EVP responsible for the development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming at The CW. While there he developed and supervised the networks improv comedy, Whose Line is it Anyway? He was also involved in acquiring the magic series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
The appointments come on the heels of an earlier announcement that Geller was stepping down from his role as CBS Entertainment president. According to a CBS Corporation statement, the company is in discussions with Geller for a production deal with CBS Television Studios.
The Hollywood Reporter reported in late March that Geller had gone on leave until late May after suffering a heart attack.
Geller was elevated to president in September 2015, taking over for Nina Tassler. He previously ran programming for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. He joined CBS in 2001 as director and VP of current programming before moving to the Studio division as senior VP of current programming.