Mr. Dauman has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 5, 2006 and a. member of our Board since January 1, 2006, having previously served as a director of Former Viacom. since 1987. Prior to joining Viacom, he was Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DND Capital. Partners, L.L.C., a private equity firm specializing in media and telecommunications investments that. he co-founded with Mr. Dooley, from May 2000 until September 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Dauman held. several positions at Former Viacom, which he first joined in 1993, including Deputy Chairman, member of its Executive Committee and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Dauman is also a director of National Amusements, Inc. and Lafarge S.A.
He entered Yale at 16, a foot smaller than everyone else. (That’s when he started to go by “Phil,” since a foreign-sounding name just made it harder to fit in.) He graduated in 1974.
Mr. Dauman graduated from Columbia Law School, he and his wife, Debbie, lived in Paris for a couple of years before they had their sons, Philippe and Alexandre. Philippe Dauman Jr. works in strategy at Google.
After Mr. Redstone gained control of Viacom in 1987 in a hostile takeover, he rewarded Mr. Dauman with a seat on the board. In 1993, Mr. Dauman, then a partner, quit Shearman & Sterling and became Viacom’s general counsel.