Mel Karmazin, the former head of SiriusXM, CBS and Viacom, will share his insights on the current
and future state of media in a conversation with Wall Street Journal media and entertainment
reporter Joe Flint, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
The General Session, “Mel Karmazin Totally Unplugged: Cocktails and Conversation,” is open to all
NAB Show attendees and will feature complementary beverages, including beer and wine.
“Mel Karmazin is a legend in the media business who helped build multiple media empires
throughout his extraordinary career,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We are thrilled
to have him speak at our show and look forward to this uniquely candid conversation with one of
the industry’s greatest entrepreneur and business strategists.”
Throughout his career, Karmazin has built phenomenal subscriber growth across multiple media
platforms and monetized large audiences to create unprecedented shareholder value in the media and
Mel Karmazin served as CEO and member of the board of directors of SiriusXM from 2008 until 2013
when he retired. Prior to that, he served as CEO and member of the board of directors of Sirius
Satellite Radio from 2004 until its merger with XM Satellite Radio.
Previously, he was president and COO of Viacom from 2000 until 2004. Karmazin served on the
Viacom board of directors and was responsible for overseeing all of Viacom’s operations. Prior to that,
he served as president, CEO, and member of the board of directors of CBS Corp. from January 1999 to
May 2000. Before becoming chief executive officer, he was president and chief operating officer of CBS
Corp. from April 1998 to January 1999.
He joined CBS in January 1997 as chairman and CEO of CBS Radio through a merger of
Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. He had served as Infinity’s president and CEO from 1981
until Infinity became a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom in 2001. He was named chairman and CEO
of CBS Station Group in 1997. Prior to Infinity, Karmazin spent 10 years with Metromedia.
He is involved in numerous philanthropic ventures and has served on a number of boards throughout
his career. Currently, he serves as a trustee at NYU Langone Medical Center, a board member and
executive committee member of Autism Speaks, and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of The
Paley Center for Media. He was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and has received the
National Association of Broadcasters National Radio Award and the IRTS Gold Medal Award. Karmazin
will be presented with the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award by the Broadcasters
Foundation of America at the 2015 NAB Show.