CBS is elevating Marc DeBevoise to the role of president and chief executive officer of its online division, CBS Interactive.
DeBevoise (pictured left) will oversee the division, including over 25 consumer-facing web and mobile properties, and direct-to-consumer OTT subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and live streaming services such as CBS All Access.
He previously served as president and chief operating officer of CBS Interactive. Before that, he held executive roles including EVP and GM of CBS Digital Media and SVP and GM of CBS Entertainment Digital.
Meanwhile, Jim Lanzone (right), who has led CBS Interactive since 2011, will step down as previously planned at the end of 2019 to become executive-in-residence at San Francisco-based venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.
Lanzone led the division through the development, launch and growth of numerous direct-to-consumer streaming services, including CBS All Access, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live.
“Jim has led CBS Interactive through a tremendous growth period, both as an operator and as someone who had the foresight to place CBS on the cutting edge of the digital media landscape. CBS All Access and our other streaming services have proven to be game-changing opportunities for the company,” said Joe Ianniello, president and acting CEO at CBS, in a statement. “Jim and Marc’s partnership has been instrumental in our digital transformation, and I’m pleased we will have a natural transition with Marc leading CBS Interactive going forward.”
“It’s been an honor to lead the CBS Interactive team for nearly nine years, and I’m thrilled that Marc will seamlessly continue the great work we’ve done together,” added Lanzone. “Marc was one of the first executives I hired back in 2011, and he has been central to our digital transformation of CBS ever since. We’ve been planning this transition together since early in the year, and I know our team is in great hands going forward.”