Philippe Dauman is the Chairman and CEO of PPD Investments, LLC, his family investment entity. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. from September 2006 to August 2016. He left his post as Executive Chairman of Viacom in September 2016. He served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 1987.
Under Philippe’s leadership, Viacom became the #1 family of cable networks with the largest and most valuable audiences, and the #1 destination on all of television for reaching younger audiences, with leading brands including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Paramount Channel and Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio.
Philippe was integral to the original acquisition of Viacom in 1987 and the purchase of Paramount in 1994. As CEO, Philippe led the development of Viacom’s international business, which now spans 170 networks in 180 countries and doubled Viacom’s investment in creative programming. Philippe oversaw the acquisition and development of key businesses including Channel 5 in the UK, EPIX, The Paramount Channel and Colors, the #1 general entertainment channel in India. Under Philippe’s leadership, the company was an early adopter of digital platforms and consumer-centric distribution strategies and created the industry’s leading data-driven advertising products and integrated marketing capabilities.
Previously, Mr. Dauman was Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DND Capital Partners, L.L.C., a private equity firm specializing in media and telecommunications investments, from May 2000 until September 2006. Prior to co-founding DND Capital Partners, Mr. Dauman served in several positions at Viacom, including as a Deputy Chairman and Executive Vice President of Viacom Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Dauman was a partner at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling.
Mr. Dauman is a former director of CBS Corporation; Spelling Entertainment; Lafarge S.A. and LafargeHolcim, a world leader in building materials, as well as The Tennis Channel, which he co-founded; the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and The Paley Center for Media. Mr. Dauman was a member of the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City and served as Co-Chair of the Partnership in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Dauman also served on the Executive Committee of the Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as the Board of Trustees of Northwell Health, and the Dean’s Council of Columbia University Law School. He is also a former Board member of the KIPP Foundation, a national network of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public schools in underserved communities. Mr. Dauman is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also President and Treasurer of The Philippe and Deborah Dauman Family Foundation, which focuses on education and health.
Mr. Dauman earned his bachelor's degree from Yale College and his law degree from Columbia University Law School.