Viacom Taps Discovery's Kline As CIO

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Viacom appointed David Kline, previously chief information officer at Discovery Communications, to oversee technology strategy and operations for the company and its MTV Networks unit.

Kline, to be based in New York, will start Nov. 1. He will report both to Viacom chief financial officer James Barge and MTVN COO Rich Eigendorff.

As senior vice president of technology and CIO of Viacom and MTVN, Kline will oversee the MTVN online technology and interactive services, content creation and distribution technologies, applications development, and information security and compliance.

"As a global media company, our business comes with all the challenges and complexities of delivering content across screens to audiences around the world," Eigendorff said in a statement. "David has the breadth of experience and the depth of strategic thinking to build the best technological infrastructure for our operations, our brands and our fans."

Before Kline joined Discovery in 2007, he spent almost 10 years at Cablevision Systems' Rainbow Media Holdings unit where his posts included CIO. Kline also served in management positions at Integrated Systems Group and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Kline is on the CIO Executive Board of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, as well as the board of advisors for Harris and Hofstra University. He has a bachelor's degree in management and marketing and an MBA in information systems from Long Island University.