Changing of the legal guard at CBS


CBSIt has been almost 40 years since Louis J. Briskman started cashing payroll checks from CBS Corporation.  In fact, at the time, the company name on the checks was Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He’s now set to retire, and a replacement has already been named.

Not all of Briskman’s time between 1975 and 2013 was spent with CBS, but enough of it was that he is considered to be a 30-year veteran of the company.

Taking his place is Larry Tu, who has been named Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of CBS Corporation. He comes to CBS after a long run with Dell.

The change will take effect early next year.

Speaking of Briskman, Les Moonves said, “There’s no understating what Lou’s honesty, integrity, knowledge of the law and, of course, his friendship have meant to me and all his colleagues at CBS. He spent decades with the Company, from the Westinghouse days through the days of our formation as a free-standing company to today, where he leads a superb department of professionals that handles a myriad of legal activities from all our divisions. He has the trust, admiration and respect of the entire legal community and everyone here at CBS who have had the pleasure of working with him. He’ll be missed by me, my entire senior team and all those who have had the chance to work with him, and we wish him well as he moves on to his next chapter.”

Moonves also commented on Tu, saying, “Larry possesses a deep understanding of how the law intersects with intellectual property, copyright and content distribution, as well as other issues facing our industry. He brings to this position a unique combination of experiences at the highest court of the land, as well as in finance, M&A, entertainment, government regulation, litigation and technology. We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished attorney as the new General Counsel of CBS Corporation, and look forward to the many contributions he will make in that role.”