C-SPAN's Board of Directors announced the end of an era on Sunday: Founder Brian Lamb will step down as CEO. Lamb has served as CEO since the founding of the network in 1978. He has been chairman of the C-SPAN board since 1985 and now will become the Executive Chairman of the board. C-SPAN co-presidents Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain will become co-CEOs of the network.
"Susan Swain, Rob Kennedy, and I have been preparing the company for this transition for several years," Lamb said in a press release. "While each has their areas of expertise, Rob and Susan complement each other professionally. I'm pleased that our Board has given their partnership its unanimous endorsement. They also have a great senior management team with the right skill sets to lead C-SPAN forward."
The move becomes effective April 1st but Lamb will continue hosting Q and A and remain engaged in the overall direction of the network.
"Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain are veteran C-SPAN executives with a deep sense of the C-SPAN mission and an eye to the future," said Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt. "Their successful partnership and long experience puts them in an ideal position to guide C-SPAN into its next generation."