Viacom International Media Networks Names David Lynn CEO

He replaces Bob Bakish, the new head honcho of the whole company

Last Updated: January 11, 2017 @ 6:30 AM

Viacom has appointed David Lynn as president and CEO of its International Media Networks (VIMN).

He was already president of the group’s operations in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe. Now Lynn will officially have oversight of all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses outside the United States.

Lynn, who will be based in London, reports direction to new Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish, who, he replaces internationally.

“Viacom’s international business has grown strongly over the last decade and our operations managed out of the UK, under David’s leadership, have been integral to that growth,” Bakish said. “David has an outstanding track record at the helm of our UK business, including leading our successful acquisition and integration of Channel 5, and I have great confidence in his ability to conceive and deliver an even more ambitious growth strategy for VIMN in the years ahead.”

“This is an exciting time to be taking the reins, with VIMN having a vital role to play in Bob’s plans for accelerating Viacom’s growth and maximizing its potential,” Lynn stated. “Viacom has must-see content, unrivaled global reach across TV and some of the world’s most digitally active and socially influential entertainment brands; I believe we have very strong foundations and a clear blueprint for future international growth and I look forward to working with Bob and the rest of the team at VIMN to deliver it.”

Lynn was an executive vice president at VIMN since 2007. The segment’s 200-plus branded TV channels reach a cumulative 3.9 billion subscribers across more than 180 countries and broadcasting in more than 40 languages.