Feb 17, 2021
By Nicole Bitette
“We want consumers to appreciate all the exciting content we're bringing to market. At the end of the day, that's what will drive consumer behavior and adoption.”
Our In the Office With ... series, gives ViacomCBS executives the opportunity to reveal a little bit about who they are, how they lead, and what drives them in the day-to-day.
What’s the best advice you’ve received? You're only half as good as your biggest successes and half as bad as your biggest failures.
Describe your hometown. I grew up in a little town outside of Boulder, Colorado. To give you a sense of it, I went to high school with about 230 kids. I was the one Asian-American kid in the class, and there was one African-American student. Sadly, we reinforced every possible stereotype of our respective ethnicities: the African-American student was the captain of the basketball team, the football team, and the baseball team, and I was on the debate team, the Honor Society, and the tennis team. So it wasn’t quite South Park but it certainly had a few similarities. That experience definitely played a part in my realization of the importance of having an explicit focus and education regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
What are you currently obsessed with? I am a little obsessed with Peloton. And Billions.
Survivor. The thing I love about Survivor is that it’s been around forever. I remember watching it with my friends in college, and now I watch it with my kids. It's one of the few things we watch as a family, where everyone is truly interested. My kids are dying to meet Jeff Probst. Probably at least once a week, they say, “We thought once you took the job at ViacomCBS that we would get to meet Jeff Probst.”
What are 3 qualities you look for in a hire? Passion, intellect, and leadership.