Appointed: 1 October 2019
Debra is one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry and has a deep understanding of the American consumer and culture. She is the former Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, which under her leadership became the largest global provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of black culture. Debra is a passionate advocate of women and people from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Debra is the CEO and founder of Leading Women Defined, Inc., a foundation supporting black female leadership. She is a Non-Executive Director of Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., Marriott International, Inc. and The Proctor & Gamble Company. From 2006 to 2018, Debra served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Black Entertainment Television LLC (BET), a division of Viacom, Inc. Prior to joining BET in 1986, Debra was an attorney with the Washington, DC-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Twitter, Inc. from May 2016 to July 2019 and ofAT&T Inc. from 2019 until April 2022.