Laura Franco

Executive Vice President & General Counsel at CBS Corp.

Laura Franco

Laura Franco

Executive Vice President & General Counsel at CBS Corp.

Biography

Laura Franco serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel for CBS Corporation, reporting to Joe Ianniello, Acting President and CEO, CBS Corporation.

In this role, Franco has oversight of all legal affairs for the Company. In addition to her broad portfolio of responsibilities, she works closely with Ianniello, the Board of Directors, and senior leadership to ensure CBS continues to strengthen policies and procedures in the areas of business ethics and compliance.

Franco, a 20-year veteran of the Company, most recently served as Executive Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Strategic Transactions, CBS Corporation, responsible for handling mergers and acquisitions, cable distribution, licensing and other company-wide transactions. She had a principal role in the transaction that separated Viacom and CBS at the end of 2005, and she joined CBS after the split as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Strategic Transactions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Viacom since 1995 in the corporate and securities group, where she managed mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.

Franco began her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.

She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.

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CBS Corp.

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Executive Vice President & General Counsel of CBS Broadcasting Inc at CBS Corp.

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Chief Digital Officer at CBS Corp.

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Co-Chairman-Governors Board at The Paley Center for Media

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Chief Creative Officer at CBS Corp.

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President & Acting Chief Executive Officer at CBS Corp.

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Founder at Viacom, Inc.

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Director, Elections & Surveys at CBS News, Inc.

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Executive Director, Revenue & Operations at CBS Corp.

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Chief Information Security Officer at CBS Corp.

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Chief Research Officer & President of CBS Vision at CBS Corp.

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Graduate
Class of 1987

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

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Executive Vice President & General Counsel
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CBS Corporation is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia.

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