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Jim Lanzone, who has held the top role at the company which claims to be the world’s largest publisher of premium digital content since 2011, is to step down as CEO of CBS Interactive at the end of 2019.

CBSinteractive 5Nov2019Since joining CBS Interactive, Lanzone has led the division to record financial and audience growth, as well as the development, launch and growth of direct-to-consumer streaming services, including CBS All Access, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live. According to Comscore data, CBS Interactive currently reaches 190 million monthly unique users, up from 70 million in 2011.

As Lanzone makes his planned departure to become executive-in-residence at Benchmark Capital, he will be replaced by COO Marc DeBevoise who will oversee the division, including its consumer-facing web and mobile properties and its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription video on-demand and live streaming services.

DeBevoise has previously held other executive roles at CBS, including EVP and GM of CBS Digital Media and SVP and GM of CBS Entertainment Digital and in his new role will report to CBS Corporation president Joe Ianniello who commented: “Jim has led CBS Interactive through a tremendous growth period, both as an operator and as someone who had the foresight to place CBS on the cutting edge of the digital media landscape. CBS All Access and our other streaming services have proven to be game-changing opportunities for the company. Jim and Marc’s partnership has been instrumental in our digital transformation.

“Jim’s vision charted the path for CBS Interactive to become the leading, multiplatform premium content provider we are today,” added DeBevoise. “We’ve built an incredibly valuable and high-growth digital media portfolio by developing new audiences, platforms, services and original content. We have a world-class team to carry us into the future, and I’m excited to take on this role and continue to build on our vision.”