CBS named Parsons interim chairman in September as it tried to reshape itself following the ouster of its longtime chief Les Moonves. He’s stepping doen, the company says, because of illness. The media company named Strauss Zelnick, another media industry leader, as his replacement.
Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons has been named CBS interim chairman, in an appointment that the board approved unanimously, the company said. Parsons was an adviser to CBS’s controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, as she navigated her bruising battle with former CEO Les Moonves over control of the media company.
The roster of candidates to replace Leslie Moonves as permanent CBS Corp. CEO is beginning to take shape. Former Turner Broadcasting CEO John Martin and newly added CBS board member Richard Parsons have emerged as two top external candidates for the role.