Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.
Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to this he was President of CBS Entertainment from 1995 and President of Warner Bros. Television from 1993, where he green-lit the hit shows Wings and Survivor.
From early 2004, Moonves has made regular contributions to “The Late Show with David Letterman”. One of these criticisms was provoked by David Letterman himself when he declared outrage that Jay Leno was featured prominently on the CBS website in an ad for CBS’s telecast of the People’s Choice Awards. On the “Late Show”, Letterman jokingly warned the “CBS stooge in the control room” to call his buddies “before things turn ugly,” Leslie obliged. Later appearances have taken the same format, with Letterman discussing current events and the CBS network with the company’s CEO.