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DeDe Lea Named Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, ViacomCBS

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DeDe Lea

Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) and CBS (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) today jointly announced that Doretha (DeDe) Lea has been named Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations of ViacomCBS, effective upon closing of the proposed merger between Viacom and CBS.

In her role, Lea will oversee all government affairs and public policy work for the combined company domestically and internationally. She will report to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, who will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of ViacomCBS upon close.

“DeDe has been an incredible advocate for Viacom, our audiences and the creative community over the past two decades,” said Bakish. “She brings unmatched experience, relationships and leadership to this role, and we’re thrilled she will serve as the voice of ViacomCBS in Washington and in the highest levels of government around the world.”

Lea has served as Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs of Viacom since 2013, having previously served as Executive Vice President, Government Relations beginning in 2005. Her career at Viacom began in 1997 as its Vice President of Government Relations, and continued as the department’s Senior Vice President. Previously, she was Vice President of Government Affairs for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation, and as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.

Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Management. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The proposed merger remains subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close by the 2019 calendar year end.