Adam Townsend

Adam Townsend is the Chief Financial Officer at VIZIO, the leading US-based maker of Smart TVs, sound bars, and its proprietary streaming platform, SmartCast. He joined VZIO in May 2020 and quickly established the organization’s finance, accounting, internal audit and SEC reporting functions that led to a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: VZIO) in March 2021 – all online during the pandemic. He serves on numerous corporate committees spanning financial disclosures, equity compensation, consumer privacy, and cybersecurity. Adam also oversees VIZIO’s Human Resources, which includes responsibility for HR Information Systems (HRIS), compensation strategy, talent acquisition and payroll. Under his leadership, VIZIO grew and scaled its employee base from 400 to nearly 1,000 in under four years. He was named Orange County Business Journal’s public company CFO of the Year in 2021.

Prior to joining VIZIO Holding Corp., Adam was the Chief Financial Officer of Showtime Networks Inc., a premium cable and streaming network wholly owned by ViacomCBS, from October 2018 to March 2020. Adam held leadership roles across Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Finance at CBS Corporation during his decade long tenure. Prior to his time in media & entertainment, Adam served in various executive positions in the financial technology sector, including time in Investor Relations and Strategy at E*TRADE Financial and as an Equity Research Analyst at JPMorgan covering the early development of the online brokerage industry.

Adam brings a unique angle to corporate organizational leadership and transformation through his experience in multiple industries and diverse perspective on finance, talent resources and capital markets. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles where he initially planned to go to medical school.

Adam has served on the national Board of The Posse Foundation ( for the past five years. The Posse Foundation finds incredible future leaders and secures scholarships from over 25 elite US universities with its merit-based depth scholar assessment program.

Adam is a frequent industry speaker and panelist on a wide range of topics. He has appeared on various financial press broadcasts and streaming services. To book Adam as a speaker, panelist or expert please contact us at [email protected]