Paramount Names New President and CEO, International Markets, Global Products and Experiences

Pamela Kaufman to lead international business in newly created position.
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July 29, 2022

Pamela Kaufman.
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Paramount Global

has announced Pamela Kaufman, president, global consumer products and experiences, Paramount, has been appointed president and chief executive officer, international markets, global consumer products and experiences, effective immediately. The newly created position reports to Bob Bakish, president and chief executive officer, Paramount, and reflects Paramount’s ongoing strategy of globalizing its operations. Raffaele Annecchino has decided to leave the company in his role as president and chief executive officer, Paramount International Networks, Studios and Streaming. 

In her expanded role, Kaufman will be responsible for driving the continued growth of Paramount’s international business and ensuring the strength of the company’s international operations across six continents, including broadcast and cable networks, streaming and studios and the company’s commercial capabilities. She will work closely with Paramount’s international leadership team, as well as the global

content and streaming organization to do so, including helping to guide the continued international rollout of Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Kaufman will maintain her current responsibilities overseeing the global multi-billion-dollar consumer products and experiences organization. 

“Pam has been the strategic force behind growing and expanding some of the most iconic global franchises and properties in entertainment,” says Bakish. “She is a proven and trusted, visionary leader who has transformed our consumer products organization by driving innovation and operating as a global business. Pam is uniquely qualified to lead our international business as we expand and diversify our worldwide footprint and accelerate Paramount’s transformation to operating with a truly global approach. I want to extend my thanks to Raffaele Annecchino for the critical role he has played in building Paramount’s international business and expanding our global footprint. I am grateful for the dedication he has shown throughout his 25 years at Paramount and wish him well in the future.” 

“I am honored to take on this role at such a pivotal time for Paramount’s international business,” says Kaufman. “I know firsthand the global strength of our brand portfolio, and I look forward to working with Bob and the incredible international team as we continue pursuing our global growth strategy, investing in key partnerships, furthering our push into mobile and digital platforms in new markets and operating as one team globally.” 

In November 2021, Kaufman assumed the role of president, global consumer products and experiences, Paramount, overseeing worldwide product and business development, marketing, franchise planning, creative strategy, retail sales and consumer insights for all brands in the portfolio. In less than a year, Kaufman has led the transformation of the consumer products business, unifying the organization by placing the full power of the Paramount ecosystem behind its IP, leading to groundbreaking partnerships, including cutting-edge co-branded collaborations with big names in social media. Kaufman was also responsible for Viacom’s first direct-to-consumer e-commerce site in 2019 – The SpongeBob Shop – and has since led the expansion to additional online direct-to-consumer business for merchandise tied to various top CBS and Showtime programming, including similar standalone initiatives for brands such as

Star Trek


South Park



Prior to being named the

president, global consumer products and experiences

, Kaufman served as president, consumer products and chief marketing officer, Nickelodeon, where she was responsible for building Nickelodeon franchises ranging from

PAW Patrol


SpongeBob SquarePants

, shepherding them through important tentpole campaigns and milestone celebrations.  

Before joining Nickelodeon in 1997, Kaufman held positions at Turner International, Equity Marketing and Grey Advertising. She earned her BA in Public Communication from The American University in Washington D.C. and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from The American University in 2019. A committed advocate for gender equality and diversity and inclusion, Kaufman serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit that prepares women for workplace success, and the Pace Women’s Justice Center. 

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