Debra L. Lee is the Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, a media and entertainment subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. that owns and operates BET Networks and several other ventures.
Lee joined BET Networks, a media and entertainment subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., in 1986, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2018, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2006, President and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 2005.
In 2009, Lee became the Founder and CEO of Leading Women Defined, Inc., an association of strategic thought leaders that strives to engage in constructive dialogue that will positively impact the Black community.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.