NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) has appointed David Kline to the position of Senior Vice President Technology, Chief Information Officer of Viacom and its MTV Networks unit, it was announced today by Thomas E. Dooley, Viacom's Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kline, who joins Viacom on November 1 from Discovery Communications, will be based in New York and report dually to James Barge, Viacom's Chief Financial Officer and Rich Eigendorff, MTV Networks' Chief Operating Officer.
In this role, Mr. Kline will not only provide the strategic leadership for the company's technology infrastructure, but will also oversee the MTV Networks Online Technology and Interactive Services, Content Creation and Distribution Technologies, Applications Development, and Information Security and Compliance.
Mr. Eigendorff said, "As a global media company, our business comes with all the challenges and complexities of delivering content across screens to audiences around the world. David has the breadth of experience and the depth of strategic thinking to build the best technological infrastructure for our operations, our brands, and our fans. We're thrilled to have him aboard."
Mr. Barge said, "David is an outstanding leader, accomplished strategist and a great fit for Viacom. Our operations depend on innovative and efficient use of advanced technology for everything from administrative systems to content distribution to emerging advertising models. David's extensive industry experience and strong record of across-the-board creativity and achievement made him an excellent choice for this important role at Viacom, and we look forward to working with him on plans to take our IT operations to the next level."
Mr. Kline joined Discovery Communications in 2007, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and CIO. In this role, he provided global leadership, strategic management and technical guidance for Discovery's IT operations and facility engineering worldwide. Prior to Discovery, Mr. Kline spent nearly 10 years at Rainbow Media Holdings, the content subsidiary of Cablevision Systems. At Rainbow Media, Mr. Kline rose to the post of Senior Vice President and CIO, Information Systems & Facilities Management, with full accountability for information systems and facilities performance.
Previously, Mr. Kline served in management positions at Integrated Systems Group and North Shore Health Systems.
In 2009, Mr. Kline was named Business Executive of the Year and CIO of the Year Mid-Atlantic States by the Tech Council of Maryland. He is on the CIO Executive Board of the NCTA as well as the Board of Advisors of the Harris Corporation and Hofstra University. He is a graduate of Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science in management and marketing, as well as a Masters of Business Administration in information systems.
Viacom, consisting of BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, is the world's leading entertainment content company. It engages audiences on television, motion picture and digital platforms through many of the world's best known entertainment brands, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Palladia, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, BET, CENTRIC, Rock Band, AddictingGames, Atom, Neopets, Shockwave and Paramount Pictures. Viacom's global reach includes approximately 170 channels and 500 digital media properties in more than 160 countries and territories.
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SOURCE Viacom Inc.