Dana McClintock Promoted to Chief Communications Officer at CBS

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Dana McClintock

The exec will soon take the place of Gil Schwartz, who announced his retirement two weeks ago.

CBS on Thursday said it promoted to chief communications officer 25-year veteran Dana McClintock, who will soon take the place of Gil Schwartz, who announced his retirement two weeks ago.

McClintock joined CBS in 1993 to help launch Late Show With David Letterman, then served as director for Olympic communications during the Winter Games in Japan and was named director of communications for CBS shortly thereafter.

McClintock was named vp in 1999, senior vp in 2002 and executive vp in 2013, always working from New York, and he will continue to do so as chief communications officer.

McClintock will report to Joe Ianniello, who was named acting CEO when Leslie Moonves stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct, charges that CBS is still investigating.

There has been lots of shuffling in the executive ranks at CBS lately, and on Thursday the entertainment conglomerate also said that Laurie Rosenfield was named chief people officer, a position created by Ianniello "to ensure we remain steadfast in our commitment to putting our people first."

CBS said McClintock will replace Schwartz beginning Nov. 1, which is the latter's final day in the role.

"Handing the reins from Gil to Dana will be a natural transition. I have been relying on Dana's expertise for many years now, and I am extremely pleased to have him as a senior member of my management team," Ianniello said. 

"The role of communications in this complex and challenging media world has never been more crucial," said Schwartz. "That is why CBS is so fortunate to have Dana McClintock to assume leadership of the department. Dana's honesty, intelligence, coolness under fire and overall positive spirit have already distinguished him in our business."