Board of Directors
Non-Executive Chair, Paramount
Shari Redstone is a media executive with wide-ranging experience in the entertainment industry and related ventures. This includes serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Paramount Global as well as Chair, CEO, and President of National Amusements, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry. In addition, Ms. Redstone is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Advancit Capital, a venture firm investing in media, technology, and web3 startups.
Ms. Redstone serves on the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media and is actively involved in charitable, civic and educational organizations focused on combating racism and antisemitism as well as improving equality in education.
Ms. Redstone earned a BS from Tufts University and a JD and a Masters in Tax Law from Boston University. She practiced law in the Boston area before joining National Amusements.
Robert M. Bakish
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert M. Bakish is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Global. Bakish oversees one of the world’s leading producers of media and entertainment content, driven by a global portfolio of powerful consumer brands and flagship streaming platforms, including CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, and Pluto TV, among others. In this role, which he assumed in December 2019, Bakish is responsible for growing the company’s creative assets, content capabilities and streaming services to serve important and diverse audiences, which consume over 30 billion hours of Paramount content globally across more than 180 countries.
Bakish’s leadership was integral to the successful merger of Viacom and CBS as he led the transformation efforts within the new company, combining two great cultures, formalizing a best-in-class leadership team and aligning the organization around strategic growth priorities centered on streaming. Importantly, Bakish created a new, unified global streaming organization and strategy to maximize Paramount content across pay, free and premium streaming services spotlighted by Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
Prior to the recombination of Viacom and CBS, Bakish was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since December 2016. He led the revitalization and evolution of Viacom’s core businesses, returning the company to growth, and extending its leadership across multiplatform entertainment content, next-generation distribution and advertising. Through a strategy to deepen and expand Viacom’s presence in digital and live experiences, Bakish also stewarded the key acquisitions of free streaming television service Pluto TV; Gen-Z focused brand Awesomeness; influencer marketing firm WHOSAY; and VidCon, the world’s largest celebration of online video fans and creators.
Bakish previously headed the company’s international business as President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) since 2007. Under his leadership, VIMN more than doubled revenues and broadened its portfolio with new, broadly distributed pay-TV networks, including Spike and the Paramount Channel, as well as general entertainment broadcast networks Channel 5 in the U.K., Telefe in Argentina and Colors in India. At the same time, he guided the company to launch Viacom Play Plex and other innovative mobile streaming offerings that introduced a new generation of young audiences to Viacom’s popular brands and IP.
Bakish joined Viacom in 1997, and held a series of senior corporate, sales and development positions at the company. He previously worked as 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.
Barbara M. Byrne
Audit Committee Chair
Ms. Byrne is Former Vice Chairman of Barclays PLC. Prior to Barclays, Ms. Byrne worked at Lehman Brothers, where she was the first woman to serve as Vice Chairman. Ms. Byrne has over 37 years of experience in the financial services industry and is credited with developing longstanding partnerships with diverse groups of multinational corporate clients and leading teams on diverse financing and complex strategic advisory assignments. She began her career at Mobil Oil Corporation.
Ms. Byrne has held a number of board positions, including as a member of the New York City Board of the British-American Business Council, an Executive Committee Member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Finance Committee at Mount Holyoke College, a member of the Audit Committee of Mount Holyoke College, and a member of Stuart Country Day School. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Linda M. Griego
Compensation Committee Member
Ms. Griego has served, since 1986, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company. For more than 20 years, Ms. Griego oversaw the operations of Engine Co. No. 28, a prominent restaurant in downtown Los Angeles that she founded in 1988. From 1990 to 2000, Ms. Griego held a number of government-related appointments, including Deputy Mayor of the city of Los Angeles, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Rebuild LA, the agency created to jump-start inner-city economic development following the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Over the past two decades, Ms. Griego has served on a number of government commissions and boards of directors of nonprofit organizations, including current service on the Boards of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the MLK Health and Wellness, CDC, and the Community Development Technologies Center. Ms. Griego has served as a director of publicly traded and private corporations, including presently serving as Director of AECOM Technology Corporation and the American Funds (7 funds).
Robert N. Klieger
Mr. Klieger is a Partner in the Los Angeles law firm Hueston Hennigan LLP. Mr. Klieger’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and counseling in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property. Mr. Klieger represents motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, production companies, video game publishers and high net worth individuals in the media and entertainment space, as well as clients in other industries including apparel, aviation and venture capital. Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, Mr. Klieger was a Partner at Irell & Manella LLP and a Founding Partner at Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP.
Before beginning his career in private practice, Mr. Klieger served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Judith A. McHale
Compensation Committee Chair, Audit Committee Member
Ms. McHale has extensive experience leading a major media conglomerate with a background in operations and financial management, expertise in global affairs, experience in government affairs and extensive public company and corporate governance experience.
Ms. McHale is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cane Investments, LLC, a private investment company. Prior to joining Cane Investments in 2011, Ms. McHale served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2011. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. McHale served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Channel, and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 2004. In 2006, Ms. McHale worked with private equity firm Global Environment Fund to launch the GEF/Africa Growth Fund, an investment vehicle focused on supplying expansion capital to small and medium-sized enterprises that provide consumer goods and services in emerging African markets. She has served on the board of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. since 2013. She previously served on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corporation, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Host Hotel & Resorts, Inc., DigitalGlobe Inc., John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. and Potomac Electric Power Company.
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Ms. Ostroff has extensive experience in leadership roles in the media and entertainment industry. Until 2023, she served as the Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer at global audio streaming service Spotify, innovating and building Spotify as a leading destination for music creators and fans, leading all aspects of music and talk content and distribution operations, managing industry and creator relationships globally, and driving advertising partnerships with brands and marketers worldwide. Prior to her role at Spotify, Ms. Ostroff co-founded and served as President of Condé Nast Entertainment, a studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social and virtual reality. At Condé Nast, Ms. Ostroff oversaw the company’s feature film and television operations, serving as producer or executive producer on many film and television projects, and launched its digital advertising sales division. Prior to joining Condé Nast, she was president of entertainment for The CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros. that she helped launch in January 2006, where she was responsible for programming, sales, digital initiatives, branding, marketing and research, and developed and oversaw several hit series. Ms. Ostroff also served as president of the UPN Network, where she developed and oversaw popular series, and as executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Television.
Ms. Ostroff serves on the Board of Directors of Activision, the New York University Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers, and the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center.
Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Mr. Phillips has extensive experience as a senior executive in a large, multinational corporation, financial industry background and financial and analytical expertise, significant public company and corporate governance experience, expertise in technology issues and familiarity with issues facing media, new media and intellectual property-driven companies and a deep knowledge of Viacom.
Mr. Phillips is Chairman of Infor, Inc., a multi-billion dollar enterprise software company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2019. He was a President of Oracle Corporation from 2003 to 2010 and served as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Management Committee from 2004 to 2010. Prior to Oracle, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the Technology Group and served on its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Apollo Theater, Business Executives for National Security and the New York Police Foundation. He served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Board, led by Paul Volcker, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Phillips earned a BS in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from Hampton University and a JD from New York Law School, and he is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association.
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Ms. Schuman is Executive Chair of SYPartners, a consultancy that partners with the world’s most senior leaders undergoing business and cultural transformations. Ms. Schuman has worked alongside Fortune 100 CEOs and their teams to help build their strategies, cultures and human behaviors throughout their organizations. She has worked with executives at AARP, Ascena, Ann Inc., Blackstone, CitiVentures, Coach, Kohl’s, IBM, eBay, Facebook, GE, Target, Starbucks, Oprah Winfrey Network, Weight Watchers, Viacom, The CW and Yahoo!, among many others.
Prior to SYPartners, Ms. Schuman was the General Manager of Studio Archetype, one of the first premier web design firms in the U.S. She also ran her own marketing and product strategy consulting firm. Ms. Schuman spent seven years at Apple Computer, where she was Group Manager of Worldwide Product Marketing. Ms. Schuman is Vice Chair of kyu collective and an Advisory Council member for MIT Media Lab, and sits on the boards of IDEO and IDEO.org.
Compensation Committee Member, Audit Committee Member
Ms. Seligman has extensive media industry experience with various leadership roles at a major media conglomerate, public company and corporate governance experience, and exceptional achievements in the legal profession.
Until March 2016, Ms. Seligman served as the President of Sony Entertainment, Inc. (beginning in 2014) and of Sony Corporation of America (beginning in 2012), and as Senior Legal Counsel of Sony Group (beginning in 2014). Ms. Seligman previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2014. She joined Sony in 2001 and served in a variety of other capacities during her tenure, including as a Corporate Executive Officer and Group Deputy General Counsel of Sony Corporation, and as General Counsel and an Executive Vice President at Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. Prior to joining Sony Corporation of America, Ms. Seligman was a partner in the litigation practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters and counseled a wide range of clients, including President William Jefferson Clinton and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Ms. Seligman joined Williams & Connolly in 1985. Ms. Seligman served as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1984 to 1985 and as law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1984. Ms. Seligman has served on the board of Far Point Acquisition Corporation since 2018 and the board of MeiraGTx Holdings plc since 2019, and has been a Non-Executive Director of WPP plc since 2014 and its Senior Independent Director since 2016. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Doe Fund since 2017.
Frederick O. Terrell
Audit Committee Member
Mr. Terrell served as Executive Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse and later Senior Advisor from January 2018 to November 2018. From June 2010 to December 2017 he was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse. His investment banking career began in 1983 as an Associate with The First Boston Corporation. During his accomplished career in the financial services sector spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Terrell was responsible for Credit Suisse’s global banking relationships with some of its most high profile clients. From 2000 to 2008 he was the Managing Partner of Provender Capital Group, LLC a private equity firm focusing on investments in emerging companies.
Mr. Terrell serves as a member of the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and has served as a member of the board of the New York Life Insurance Company, Wellchoice Inc. (formerly Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) and Carver Bancorp, Inc. His experience also includes past and present service on multiple not-for-profit boards, including the Yale School of Management, The Partnership for New York City, The Partnership Fund for New York City, Coro New York Leadership Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the Center for a New American Security. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York.