Steve Capus NBC NewsCapus will report directly to CBS News President David Rhodes and his appointment is effective July 7.

Previously, Capus was President of NBC News for eight years and Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News for four years.  During his career, he had oversight of MSNBC, NBCNews.com digital and mobile properties, and NBC News radio.   He was responsible for broadcast, digital, cable production and distribution, as well as talent, newsgathering and international partnerships.

During his tenure at NBC News, Capus expanded the network by designing specialty websites targeted towards black and Latino audiences, CBS News said in today’s announcement. He also helped negotiate an agreement buying out Microsoft’s stake in NBC News’ online news ventures. He also created and established the NBC News Education Nation and NBC News Learn properties.

In CBS’ announcement the network said Capus will “bring his multi-platform expertise and decades of news industry insight to CBS News, where he will manage the fastest-growing network evening news broadcast.  In his role as Executive Editor of CBS News, he will serve as a resource to all units of CBS News and as a strategist for the management team. ”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” said CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager.  “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”