James W. Barge joins Viacom as EVP

MUMBAI: James W. Barge has joined Viacom as Executive Vice President, Controller, Tax and Treasury. Barge joins the company from Time Warner, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Controller.


Barge will join Viacom on 22 January and assume his new role as Controller in early March. He succeeds Jacques Tortoroli, who was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, on 7 January. He will report to Viacom senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer Thomas E. Dooley.


“We are very pleased to welcome someone with Jimmy’s depth of experience and knowledge of the media industry to Viacom,” said Dooley. “Jimmy also has an outstanding track record as a manager which will enable him to take full advantage of the deep bench of talent we already have throughout our finance organization. We are confident that Jimmy will build on the progress we have made under Jacques, who is bringing his significant skills to MTV Networks as CFO,” he said.


Barge said, “This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be more pleased to be joining such a dynamic company with a strong strategic focus and deep roots in the entertainment industry. Viacom has a great finance operation in place that is highly regarded and known for its expertise. I am eager to share my experience with the entire Viacom team and to work closely with Tom and Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman to help take the company to the next level.”