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Les Moonves

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, CBS Corporation

Leslie Moonves is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, one of the world’s leading media enterprises. He serves as the Chairman of the board of directors and oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Films, CBS Interactive, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia.

Before CBS’s separation from Viacom in 2005, Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom and chairman of CBS, handling Viacom’s entire domestic and international broadcast television operations, radio division and outdoor advertising operations.

Moonves was promoted to president and CEO of CBS Television in 2003, and prior to that was president and chief executive officer of CBS Television, a position he was elevated to in April 1998. He joined CBS in July 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment. Under Moonves’ direction, the CBS Television Network has been number 1 in viewers for 13 of the last 14 years, and currently airs television’s number 1 drama, NCIS; television’s number 1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory; television’s number 1 news program, 60 Minutes; as well as time period-leading shows on virtually every night of the week.

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Stan Kasten

President and CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers

Stan Kasten became president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012. Under Kasten, the Dodgers have won three consecutive NL West titles for the first time in franchise history, led the Major Leagues in attendance each of those years, and revitalized their minor league system into what Baseball America declared number 1 in baseball.

For more than three decades, Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and has developed a reputation for creating winning sports franchises. From 2006 to 2010 he was president of the Washington Nationals, where he worked to reenergize a dormant baseball fan base and simultaneously established a crown jewel franchise in Washington, D.C. In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously. He accomplished this unique feat with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers.

Throughout his impressive sports career, Kasten has relied on three pillars — scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience and community outreach — to establish franchises built for long-term success on and off the field.

Kasten was named to the board of directors of LA24 in 2015 to support the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. This came on the heels of Kasten’s being elected in 2014 to the LA84 Foundation’s board of directors. LA84 is the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and primary funder of youth athletics in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Sports Council named Kasten 2013 Sports Executive of the Year.

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Steve Bartels

CEO, Def Jam Recordings

Steve Bartels (ExecEd CERT ’92), named CEO of Def Jam Recordings in April 2014, is the driving force behind some of the most successful breakthrough new artist campaigns and records over the last three decades. Spanning a career of over 30 years in the entertainment industry, he has worked closely with artists to develop and promote such diverse talent as Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Grant, The Killers, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Jeezy, Sting, Avril Lavigne, Bon Jovi, NAS, Santana, Usher, Ne-Yo, Toni Braxton & Babyface, YG, Afrojack and Iggy Azalea, to name just a few.

In 2014, Def Jam returned to its roots as a stand-alone label within the Universal Music Group, with a strategic forward focus garnering 15 Grammy nominations, many in the new artist categories. In 2016, Def Jam led UMG’s individual labels in Grammy nominations.

From his start as a club DJ through his rise in the music industry, Bartels’ passion for music has remained his inspiration. He has been part of or overseen more than 34 separate Billboard Hot 100 #1 Artist singles campaigns in his career. He has worked alongside and for industry veterans Herb Albert, Jerry Moss, Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Barry Weiss and Lucian Grainge through his tenure at A&M Records, Arista Records, the Island Def Jam Music Group, and now Def Jam Recordings.

Bartels is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ron Chiu

Chief Strategy Officer, AEG Live

Ron Chiu (B.A. ’97, M.S. ’98) serves as the chief strategy officer for AEG Live. Chiu leads the company’s efforts on planning strategy, analyzing new business opportunities and identifying operational improvements.

Prior to joining AEG Live, Chiu served as the vice president of strategy and operations for Live Nation Entertainment, where he was a member of the North American Concerts Executive Leadership Team and managed the strategy and analytics team to provide strategic planning, financial and operational analysis and execution. Prior to his position at Live Nation, Chiu was a strategic management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he led client teams and executive client relationships for Fortune 500 companies in the media, entertainment and consumer industries to develop growth strategies and help them execute transformational projects.

Receiving his Bachelor of Science in cybernetics and Master of Science in computer science from UCLA, Chiu graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a Master of Business Administration degree.

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