President and CEO
Viacom International Media Networks
Robert M. Bakish has been President and CEO, Viacom International Media Networks since January 2011. In this role, Mr Bakish is responsible for all Viacom media networks and associated businesses outside the United States, including those operating under the multimedia entertainment brands of MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel and VIVA. He is also responsible for Viacom’s U.S. Hispanic service Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más and has oversight of all of Viacom’s international TV-related joint ventures, including Viacom18 in India and ViacomSBS in Korea, as well as channel ventures with BSkyB in the U.K. and Foxtel in Australia.
Mr Bakish is based in New York and reports to Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom Inc. Viacom brands are seen globally in nearly 700 million households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Previously, from January 2007, Mr Bakish was President of MTV Networks International, where he oversaw double-digit, year-on-year throughout his tenure. Prior to that, he held a series of corporate, sales and development roles at both Viacom Inc. and Viacom’s MTV Networks division. Before joining Viacom Inc. in 1997, Mr Bakish was a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice and also worked AT&T in its network systems area. Mr Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.