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CBS News President David Rhodes Steps Down, Susan Zirinsky Set to Become First Woman to Lead Network

Susan Zirinsky will is set to become the first woman to lead CBS News after current head David Rhodes leaves in March.

Rhodes tweeted out the news on Sunday night.

“It’s been eight incredible years since I joined @CBS. I’m pleased to announce that I’ll soon be handing the reins @CBSNews to Susan Zirinsky, our Senior Executive Producer,” Rhodes wrote.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Zirinsky’s promotion will be formally announced on Monday.

Zirinksy will take on the role of CBS News president and senior executive producer.

In an interview, she said that at her core, she is a producer.

“Being a producer is my oxygen and the core of who I am,” Zirinksy said in an interview, according to the Times. “I’ve got to manage money and contracts, but management people will be there for me. My whole approach is as a producer and that’s what will differentiate us.”

CBS Corp. acting Chief Executive Joseph Ianniello explained that while Zirinsky had been in the running to be executive producer of 60 Minutes, in her new role “Susan can add more value creatively on some of our other broadcasts and have an impact that’s much greater on the entire organization.”

Rhodes, who has been at the helm, is near the end of his contract and previously indicated he planned to make an exit.

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