Philippe Dauman is the President and CEO of Viacom. He has served at this post since September 2006. Dauman is a longtime associate of the company's chairman Sumner Redstone. Dauman served from 1994 to 2000 as a member of Viacom's executive committee and as executive vice president in charge of strategic transactions, legal and government affairs, human resources and administration, supervising Paramount Pictures Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Simon & Schuster. Dauman was also a director at Redstone-owned CBS Corporation until September 2006.
From 1993 to 1998, he also was Viacom's general counsel.
In 2009, Dauman and Viacom launched the Get Schooled education initiative with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - an effort to raise awareness of the crisis in America's public schools. He is also hosting the Get Schooled education conference on September 8, 2009.