With the closing of CBS' merger deal with Viacom approaching next month, the TV network group has made changes in its key digital TV division, CBS Interactive.
Marc DeBevoise will become the chief executive officer of the division, replacing longtime head Jim Lanzone.
DeBevoise had been president/chief operating officer of CBS Interactive. Before that he was executive vp/general manager of CBS Digital Media and senior vp/general manager, CBS Entertainment Digital.
DeBevoise will report to Joe Ianniello, president/acting chief executive officer of CBS Corp.
Jim Lanzone, who had been at the top spot of CBS Interactive since 2011, will step down at the end of 2019, becoming executive-in-residence at Benchmark Capital.
Lanzone witnessed the growth of CBS Interactive to include its streaming service CBS All Access, as well as other streaming platforms -- CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live. CBS says CBS Interactive is now the seventh-largest internet platform in the U.S., according to Comscore -- reaching 190 million monthly unique users, up from 70 million in 2011.
CBS and Viacom say their intended merger will close next month and will have the new company name ViacomCBS.