At Their Peaks: Top African-American Women CEOs

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Debra Lee

Debra Lee, became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Holdings, Inc. (BET), in 2005. As head of the media and entertainment company which is a viable division of Viacom, Inc. Lee increased the production budget by 50% resulting in an  influx of original programming including Love that Girl with executive producer Martin Lawrence and resurrecting the popular former CW sitcom The Game. Prior to her being named CEO, Lee served as President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks for nine years. She joined the company in 1986 as Vice President and General Counsel.

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