Viacom’s Longtime PR Chief Carl Folta Exits

The dominoes are falling at Viacom. Days after CEO Philippe Daumon’s ouster, longtime head of corporate communications has resigned. Carl Folta had been at the company for more than two decades, having joined when Viacom acquired Gulf+Western parent Paramount Communications in 1994.
“My long-time friend and colleague and our head of corporate communications Carl Folta has decided to move on to the next adventure in his successful and ever-eventful career,” interim CEO Tom…

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