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More changes in the executive suite at CBS (NYSE: CBS) Interactive: Anthony Soohoo, senior vp and general manager of entertainment, signaled he was exiting the company in an internal memo circulated Wednesday, as first reported by AllThingsD. His departure came days after Jim Lanzone was installed as president of CBS Interactive upon the acquisition of his company, Clicker.
Soohoo had been at CBS since October 2007, when Dotspotter, a celebrity-gossip blog he founded, was acquired during the Quincy Smith era. His oversight extended to a number of CBS Interactive properties including Chowhound, CBS.com and TV.com, where he had focused most recently on expanding the site beyond its origins as just an online hub for TV fans.
Soohoo didn’t give any specific indication in the memo as to what his next move is, beyond returning to the “entrepreneurial world.” He did signal that he discussed leaving with CBS Corp. president Leslie Moonves and former CBS Interactive president Neil Ashe as early as eight months ago, but he committed to staying on until new leadership was found. “Now that we have named Jim Lanzone as our new President, the time is right for me to step out and seek my next challenge,” he wrote.
No replacement for Soohoo has been named. A bigger question is where TV.com fits in at the division now that Clicker in in the mix.