A Levittown native with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University is now in charge at MTV.
Chris McCarthy, 41, was named president, and will oversee the network's creative and business operations. McCarthy is also president of VH1 and Logo, and will retain those positions.
A 1993 Conwell-Egan Catholic High School graduate, McCarthy has an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a bachelor's degree from Drexel University. He started his career at Viacom, the owner of MTV, Logo, and VH1, as a marketing executive at mtvU in 2006, according to his LinkedIn page.
"I'm humbled by the opportunity to lead MTV, the place where I grew up and learned from some of the most gifted, creative, and genuine leaders," McCarthy said in a statement. "The power of the MTV brand is its ability to let go everything it knows and reinvent for the next generation of youth, and I'm excited to push the boundaries of what it can be in this transformative time."
As Deadline reported, McCarthy will be responsible for revamping the network's sagging ratings, which have decreased by 50 percent in adults ages 18 to 49 since 2011. McCarthy accomplished a similar goal at VH1, where in 2015 he brought the network its largest ratings growth in more than a decade with programs like Hip Hop Honors and The Breaks. The network's much-buzzed-about Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party premieres Nov. 7.
McCarthy also helped Logo achieve its highest-rated year in 2015, and is credited with establishing the LGBT-focused outlet. His work there, starting in 2014, lead to 10 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth, thanks to programming like RuPaul's Drag Race, which won the network its first Emmy in September.
The Levittown native previously served as general manager of MTV2 from 2010 to 2015, where he helped launch popular series including Guy Code and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out.