In this role, Shilen will have overall responsibility for the controllership and financial reporting activities of CBS Corporation. He will also have oversight of the Company's Legacy Operations and Information Systems and Technology Departments.
"I'm very pleased to be bringing someone of Tom's caliber to CBS," said Ianniello. "He comes to us with nearly 30 years' experience in accounting and financial controls, and has spent the last 18 years in senior controllership functions at a variety of Fortune 500 companies. I am confident that Tom's background and skill set will be a benefit to CBS, and look forward to the many contributions he'll make in this key role for years to come."
Shilen joins CBS from Sara Lee Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President, Global Reporting and Deputy Controller at American Express Company. Shilen also spent four years at Citigroup, Inc., first as Chief Financial Officer of The Citigroup Private Bank and then as Chief Administrative Officer and CFO of Citi Home Equity. From 1998 to 2003, Shilen held various senior level positions at General Electric Company, including three years as CFO of GE Capital Markets Services, Inc., and two as Vice President, Corporate Finance and Controller of NBC. From 1992 to 1998, he was with PepsiCo, Inc., holding a number of accounting and controllership roles. Shilen began his career as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, and also spent seven years with Deloitte & Touche.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Florida, Shilen lives with his family in Greenwich, CT, and serves on the boards and committees of several charitable organizations.