Christa d'Alimonte of Viacom.
Viacom Inc. has named a successor for longtime general counsel Michael Fricklas, who announced last month that he will leave the company.
Christa D'Alimonte, who is currently a deputy GC at Viacom, will step into the role of executive vice president, general counsel and secretary April 15, overseeing the company's legal matters globally.
D'Alimonte, who was not immediately reached for comment Friday, joined the New York-based media conglomerate in-house in 2012, but she was already involved with several multimillion-dollar deals as an outside counsel for Viacom. She worked for Shearman & Sterling in its M&A group for 17 years, working on notable transactions such as Viacom's split from CBS Broadcasting Inc. in 2006.
D'Alimonte was named Top Female Dealmaker by Law360 in 2011. "She's very unflappable," Fricklas told Law360 at the time. "She keeps working the problem until the resolution comes out."
Fricklas, who announced last month he would be leaving the company to pursue other ventures, will leave Viacom May 26, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. He will receive two-years pay following his departure, the filing said.
In a press release, Bob Bakish, Viacom's president and CEO called D'Alimonte a "crucial member of Viacom's premier legal team." "As we look to the exciting months ahead, Christa's extensive legal knowledge and distinctive understanding of our company and strategic vision uniquely positions her to support Viacom as we embark on this period of transformation and growth."
"As the media landscape changes, the role of the law department has never been more critical," D'Alimonte added, "I look forward to working closely with leaders across the business to advance Viacom's creative agenda and position the company for the future."
Viacom also announced Friday that Keyes Hill-Edgar will be promoted to executive vice president of global business affairs and general counsel of Viacom Media Networks, which includes networks like MTV and Comedy Central but operates separately from Viacom's other subsidiaries like Paramount Pictures and Epix. He will continue to oversee the domestic media networks and will now take on responsibilities for Viacom International Media Networks.
"This is a pivotal moment for Viacom, and I am excited to work with the team in implementing these key business strategies," Hill-Edgar said in a press release.