Is ViacomCBS ‘Blowing Smoke’ on Diversity as 4 Top Female Execs Exit? (Exclusive)

J. Clara Chan
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At least four top female executives at ViacomCBS — including three women of color — have left the company in the last month, raising questions about the network’s ability to retain women and diverse talent at a critical time of change for media companies. In addition to CBS News EVP Kim Godwin — a leading Black news executive who on Wednesday left the network to lead rival ABC News – TheWrap has learned that Stefanie Schwartz, the EVP of ViacomCBS Digital Studios; Nathalie Bordes, the SVP of data and insights at CBS Interactive; and Sarah Jeon, the EVP of business development and strategic partnerships at ViacomCBS Digital, have all left the company in the past month. In addition to the exodus of female execs from the conglomerate’s digital unit, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky will step down from her position after two years to ink a production deal with ViacomCBS, according to the Wall Street Journal. A spokesperson for ViacomCBS declined to comment on the executive departures, but an insider at the company said at least some of the exits were the result of the consolidation of Viacom and CBS’ streaming operations following the 2019 re-merger of the two entertainment...

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