Michelle Clancy | 23-09-2013
Lionsgate CFO James Keegan, a 25-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessor companies, announced his retirement effective 1 October. He will be succeeded by former Viacom exec James Barge.
Barge served as executive vice president and CFO of Viacom from 2010-2012 and executive vice president and controller of tax and treasury from 2008-2010. He previously had a 13-year tenure at Time Warner, ultimately serving as Time Warner senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer. Prior to his tenure at Viacom and Time Warner, Barge spent 13 years at Ernst & Young, where he rose to the position of industry leader of the consumer products group and regional partner.
The company has asked Keegan to remain as a consultant until 3 January 2014 to assist with the transition to his successor.
"Jim Keegan has provided 25 years of exemplary service to the Lionsgate family, and he will be missed," said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. "When he decided to retire, we were fortunate that Jimmy Barge was already working with us on a number of financial initiatives and was available to hit the ground running as our new CFO. Jimmy has tremendous experience guiding the financial operations and strategies of leading major entertainment companies, and he will be a valuable and experienced addition to our management team."