morning news, and under his watch NBC’s signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism.
“I couldn't be happier to welcome him or more excited about what he'll accomplish here.”
DAVIS UPPED TO CFO AT VIACOM
Wade Davis, executive VP-strategy and corporate development at Viacom Inc., has been promoted to chief financial officer. He succeeds Jimmy Barge, who will depart after a transition period.
Davis, 40, is in charge of accounting/financial reporting, planning, tax and treasury operations, while continuing his strategy/development duties.
He joined Viacom in 2005 as senior VP/mergers and acquisitions. Davis was involved in Viacom’s acquisition of Dreamworks SKG, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Atom Shockwave. He managed corporate relationships with Microsoft and Unilever and negotiation of Manhattan leases for Viacom.
Earlier, Davis worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co and Lazard Freres & Co.
FELLER EXITS AP
Ben Feller is leaving the Associated Press’ Washington, D.C., bureau to explore opportunities in New York, including posts in the wire service’s Big Apple headquarters.
He's moving as his wife, Elizabeth, who has a new editor job at the New York Times.
Feller with Obama (Photo: White House Correspondents Assn.)
Sally Buzbee, AP's bureau chief in D.C, wrote a memo to staffers to say Feller “will be missed personally and professionally by his colleagues in Washington.”
Feller joined the AP in 2003 as national education writer. Earlier, he was with the Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) and Tampa Tribune.
He began covering the White House in 2006 and was named chief correspondent in 2010.
AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE ADDS DUO
Todd Lassa has joined Automobile Magazine as executive editor, and Michael Jordan has taken the senior editor slot at the Source Interlink Media publication.
For the past dozen years, Lassa worked as Detroit editor for Motor Trend, sister publication of Automobile.
He covered trends, wrote car reviews, penned op-eds and blogged as Motor City Blogman. Based at the magazine’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., Lassa reports to deputy editor Joe DeMatio.
Jordan signed up for a second tour at Automobile. He started at Car and Driver, shifted to CycleGuide and then returned to C&D. Jordan was named Automobile’s west coast editor in 1986 and departed to Edmunds.com for the executive editor slot in 2007.
Jordan is based in Los Angeles.