Bob Bakish is President and CEO of Paramount Global, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment content companies. Bakish oversees a powerful portfolio of multiplatform consumer brands including flagship streaming services Paramount+ and Pluto TV; the Paramount Pictures film studio; and television networks CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Channel 5 and Telefe, among other properties that together serve audiences in more than 180 countries.
Bakish led the transformation of the company created from the recombination of Viacom and CBS in 2019, assembling a best-in-class management team and unifying the organization around a strategy to maximize its traditional businesses and grow its direct-to-consumer streaming services. Prior to the merger, Bakish was President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since December 2016, where he spearheaded the revitalization of the company and returned it to growth across multiplatform content, distribution and advertising.
Bakish previously served as President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks since 2007, during which he oversaw a period of unprecedented expansion for the business. Prior to joining Viacom in 1997, he was a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice.
Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He serves on the boards of both schools.