CBS Names Ex-NBCU Counsel As New Top Lawyer

Two days after the company announced that Louis Briskman was stepping down as SVP and General Counsel, CBS today named his successor. Former NBCUniversal General Counsel Lawrence Tu will take over as Senior EVP and Chief Legal Officer of CBS Corporation in January of next year. “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,” said CBS chief Les Moonves of Tu in a statement Wednesday. Tu will be based out of LA and report directly to Moonves, CBS said today. Harvard grad and Rhodes scholar Tu served as NBC’s General Counsel from 2001 to 2004 before moving to the same position at Dell, where he was until today’s announcement.  Before his stint at NBC, Tu was co-general counsel of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific out of Hong Kong after a decade and a half at powerhouse firm O’Melveny & Myers, where he became the managing partner of their Hong Kong office. A former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the lawyer also served at the State Department in his career.

Tu’s predecessor at CBS, Briskman was a 30-year veteran of the company. After a one-year stint at Aetna Inc., Briskman rejoined the company in 2005 and became EVP and General Counsel of the new CBS Corporation in 2006.

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