Jim Lanzone, the CEO of CBS Interactive, is stepping down after nine years at the company to return to his roots in Silicon Valley. Lanzone, who had told CBS several months ago about his desire to move on, will be working as an Executive in Residence at Benchmark Capital. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him starting up or running a tech company sometime soon given his background.
Before joining CBS, Lanzone was CEO of Ask.com and was founder and CEO of Clicker Media, which CBS bought in 2011 when Lanzone joined. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see one of the numerous media companies launching streaming services tap Lanzone to run their operations. Marc Debevoise, Lanzone’s long-time number-two, will be replacing him. Debevoise certainly will have his work cut out for him as CBS merges with Viacom and the combined company figures out the future digital strategy.