CBS creates chief people officer job as it sets a new tone

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CBS Corp. signage is displayed outside of the company's headquarters in New York. Credit: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

CBS Corp. elevated HR executive Laurie Rosenfield to the newly created role of chief people officer, another sign the broadcaster is re-evaluating its corporate culture after the sexual-misconduct scandal of ex-CEO Les Moonves.

In the new job, Rosenfield will report directly to acting Chief Executive Officer Joe Ianniello, CBS said on Thursday. Joe Ianniello took the reins on a temporary basis last month after the resignation of Moonves, who faces allegations that he sexually harassed a dozen women and tried to harm their careers.

"This role has been created to ensure we remain steadfast in our commitment to putting our people first," Ianniello said in a statement, adding that there was an "opportunity in front of us to strengthen our workplace."

CBS has already shaken up its board in the wake of Moonves's dramatic downfall at the company. But a probe into the former CEO's conduct continues. In recent weeks, CBS said it's received subpoenas from the New York County district attorney's office and the New York City Commission on Human Rights about its investigation. The New York State attorney general's office also has requested information.

Rosenfield, who previously served as head of executive search for information-services firm Wolters Kluwer, joined CBS in May as senior vice president of people development for human resources.

Separately, CBS promoted Dana McClintock to the role of chief communications officer. McClintock, who had been executive vice president of communications, is succeeding Gil Schwartz, who recently announced plans to retire. He will take the new job on Nov. 1.

—Bloomberg News

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