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Sykes Named Infinity Chairman/COO

Sykes Named Infinity Chairman/COO

Viacom named an MTV/VH1 executive to head Infinity Radio following the departure of Farid Sulleman. John Sykes has been appointed Chairman/CEO of the Infinity Radio operations of Viacom Inc. He reports to Viacom President/COO Mel Karmazin.
Sykes was formerly president of Viacom’s VH1 and Country Music Television, a 24-hour country music channel.
“Working with the great team already in place at Infinity, I am confident that John will generate new energy and even greater financial returns,” stated Karmazin.
Dan Mason remains president of Infinity Radio, now reporting to Sykes.
Sykes began his career in the music industry at CBS Records in 1977.
Long-time Infinity executive Sulleman recently left to go to Forstmann Little to run Citadel Communications.