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Friday, September 10, 2004
Dealing with CBS/Viacom
CBS/Viacom is a publicly traded corporation that is governed by the security laws of the United States of America. That means that the corporation has a Board of Directors, who have legal and fiduciary duties to the shareholders and to the general public.
Sarbanes-Oxley, legislation passed in reaction to Enron and Worldcom/MCI, et al, imposes even higher standards of behaviour than was previously expected of Boards of Directors.
Below are the members of the Board of Directors and their affiliations. May I suggest the following:
Go to PlanetFeedback.com, and enter the name of the company, then write to the company and inform them that someone on the CBS/Viacom Board of Directors, that is affiliated with their company is not fulfilling their public duty. The tone should be "more in sorrow than anger", however, the final club is that we will boycott them, CBS/Viacom, and the advertisers on CBS.
Go! Do it! Have fun! Be creative!
Board of Directors of CBS/Viacom
George Abrahms is an attorney with Winer and Abrams. Also a director of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation.
David Andelman is an attorney with Lourie and Cutler. Also a director of Lourie & Cutler, Downeast Food Distributors and Louisiana Marine Transport.
George H. Conrades, partner in Polaris Venture Partners and CEO of Akamai Technologies. Also on the boards of Cardinal Health, the Scripps Research Institute and Ohio Wesleyan University.
Philippe P. Dauman, co-chair and CEO of DND Capital Partners, L.L.C. Also on the boards of The Museum of the City of New York, the Board of Visitors of olumbia Law School, Genuity Inc., Spelling Entertainment Group and the Lafarge Corporation.
William H. Gray III, president and CEO of The College Fund/UNCF. Former majority Whip of the US House of Representatives. Also on the boards of of The Chase Manhattan Bank, Dell Corporation, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, Ezgov.com, J. P. Morgan Chase & Co., MBIA Inc., Pfizer Inc., The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Rockwell International Corporation and Visteon Corporation.
Mel Karmazin, president and cheif operating officer. Chair, President and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting Corp. Also on the boards of the Museum of Television and Radio and the New York Stock Exchange.
Jan Leschly, chair and chief executive officer of the private equity firm Care Capital. Also serves on the International Advisory Board of DaimlerChrysler and is a member of the Business Council and Chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Director at American Express, The Maersk Group and Ventro Corporation.
David T. McLaughlin, chair of Orion Safety Products. Chairman of the Aspen I nstitute until 1997 and president of Dartmouth College from 1981 to 1987. Also on the boards of Atlas Air, Inc. and PartnerRe Ltd.
Ken Miller, vice chair of Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation. Also on the boards of New York City Investment Partnership, Refugees International and United Nations Association.
Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS. Also on the boards of the NCAA Foundation, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, the Los Angeles Free Clinic, the Board of Governors of UCLA Center for Communications Policy, the Executive Board of the UCLA Medical Center and is a trustee of the National Council for Families and Television and the American Film Institute.
Brent D. Redstone, director.
Shari Redstone, president of National Amusements. Also on the board of the National Association of Theatre Owners, MovieTickets.com, CineBridge Ventures, Inc., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Tufts University and Brandeis University.
Sumner M. Redstone, chair of the board and CEO. Also on the board of the Museum of Television and Radio, and the National Association of Theaater Owners.
Frederic V. Salerno, vice chair and chief financial officer of Verizon Communications. Also on the boards of Avnet Inc. and The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc.
William Schwartz, counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Ivan Seidenberg, president and co-CEO of Verizon. Also serves on the boards of American Home Products Corporation, Boston Properties, Inc., CVS Corporation and Honeywell International.
Patty Stonesifer, co-chair and president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also on the board of Amazon.com.
Robert D. Walter, chair and CEO of Cardinal Health, Inc. Also on the boards of Bank One Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute and Ohio University.