Debra L. Lee

Chairman and CEO of BET Networks

Recently inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, Debra L. Lee is one of this country’s most respected business executives. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, the leading media and entertainment company aimed at African-Americans, she is one of the highest ranking African-American women at the media giant Viacom Inc. A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, Lee played a key role in taking BET public in 1991. Prior to her appointment as CEO in March 1996, Lee served as the network’s executive vice president of strategic business development. In 2003, Lee was given the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable Television Association, making her the first African-American female executive to receive the honor. Under her leadership, BET continues to bring quality programming to our audience of 89 million households.

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BET CEO Named to Presidential Advisory Board

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the nomination of Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom, to serve on the President’s Management Advisory Board (PMAB).

Debra Lee to Speak at USC Communication School Graduation

BET Networks' Chairman and CEO will offer words of advice to graduates.

BET Experience: Inside BET Experience, Day 1

Highlights from the festival, including Bow Wow & Fan Fest! (3/3/2015)

BET Experience: Stars Rock the Red Carpet for Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain...

Celebs at the L.A. debut of Kevin Hart's new comedy. (3/3/2015)

B* Real: #GirlsCan: Michele A. Roberts on Women Being Unstoppable

The NBPA executive director speaks on uplifting our girls. (3/2/2015)

The Grammy Museum VIP Reception

Highlights from the exclusive BET Experience event.
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